Easter Sunday dawned bright and clear and after a hard morning spent in the commissary kitchen we made our way to Leonidas for the 2015 Original Pigeon Town Steppers parade.

Avery's Place In New Orleans

Avery’s Place In New Orleans

The P-town Steppers are in their 21st year and are one of the premiere Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in all of New Orleans.

The Glory Of The Pigeon Town Steppers

The Glory Of The Pigeon Town Steppers

We rarely venture Uptown Backatown so it was a rare treat to get to visit a neighborhood that we only set foot in a couple times a year.

Brooding Beauty

Brooding Beauty

We’re dyed in the wool 9th Warders.

New Orleans Street Food

New Orleans Street Food

A moderate crowd of revelers was gathered in front of Avery’s Place on Willow Street where the parade was set to take off.

A Smiling Lady Was At The Pigeon Town Steppers With Jello Shots

A Smiling Lady Was At The Pigeon Town Steppers With Jello Shots

We immediately tried to gain entrance but the door was locked. More’s the pity as a shit-hot brass band was tearing it up inside and you could hear the clink of glassware and boisterous laughter.

This Big Man Could Really Dance

This Big Man Could Really Dance

We don’t like being on the outside looking in one damn bit.

Black Princess

Black Princess

Thankfully there were plenty roving cocktail bars (Igloo coolers stuffed with liquor bottles and mixers being pulled on Radio Flyer wagons)

Relaxing At Avery's Place In New Orleans

Relaxing At Avery’s Place In New Orleans

Time to start drinking.

In The Court Of The Queen

In The Court Of The Queen

Eventually the doors to Avery’s Place opened and the Steppers came strutting out looking like a million dollars.

Young Man With His Horn

Young Man With His Horn

The second line was on!

Pretty Purple Lips

Pretty Purple Lips

The crowd wended its way down first one street then another before stopping at Sista Sista Lounge where the female Pigeon Town Steppers emerged from the bar in a full riot of saturnalia.Pigeon Town Steppers

One of the ladies must have been a mite pent up as she exploded out of the bar like a banshee and proceeded to let her devil dogs run free in a most delightful way.

Hot Brass On Easter Sunday

Hot Brass On Easter Sunday

Thence came the beauty queens riding up on a big parade float.2015 Original Pigeon Town Steppers

New Orleans women are the most beautiful women on Earth.

2015 Pigeon Town Stepper Beauty

2015 Pigeon Town Stepper Beauty

There is simply no disputing that.

One Of The DJs For the Pigeon Town Steppers

One Of The DJs For the Pigeon Town Steppers

It’s a natural fact.

The King Of The 2015 Pigeon Town Steppers Second Line

The King Of The 2015 Pigeon Town Steppers Second Line

And we love that one of the baby beauty queens ate fried chicken on the float during the entirety of the second line.

Angry Bunny

Angry Bunny

After decamping we immediately drove to Popeye’s to avail ourselves of a fat combination box.

Lady Pigeon Town Stepper

Lady Pigeon Town Stepper

Unfortunately we must report that due to this being New Orleans tragedy struck the parade route.

Pigeon Town Royalty

Pigeon Town Royalty

Within an hour of the Pigeon Town Steppers passing the intersection of Green and Monroe two men were shot, one fatally.

High Level Twerking

High Level Twerking

An investigation is ongoing.

One Of The Beauties Had To Take A Bathroom Break

One Of The Beauties Had To Take A Bathroom Break

The shooting does not appear to be related to the Pigeon Town Steppers.

The Bands And The Fans Became One

The Bands And The Fans Became One

There is often a sombre tinge to even the most joyous of New Orleans proceedings.

Flawless

Flawless

We predict that the young man who lost his life will be memorialized at next year’s second line.

2015 Pigeon Town Lady Stepper

2015 Pigeon Town Lady Stepper

As the parade marched into its third hour the carousing grew ever more intense and some of the young ladies put on a virtual masters class in twerking.

It's Not A Second Line Without That Hot Brass

It’s Not A Second Line Without That Hot Brass

The women of the 17th Ward definitely know how to get down.

Plenty Turkey Necks, Pig Lips And Corn And Potatoes

Plenty Turkey Necks, Pig Lips And Corn And Potatoes

All too soon the party began to wind down and we were left with nothing to look forward to but a box of hot chicken from Popeye’s and a glass of cold gin back at Scrumptious headquarters deep in the Bywater.2015 Pigeon Town Steppers

The 2015 version of the Pigeon Town Steppers Second Line was one of the best parties of this young year and we can hardly wait to roll with their crew again in 2016.

The Belle Of The Ball

The Belle Of The Ball

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