Information was scant on the Satchmo Summerfest Second Line that went off yesterday morning on the final day of the big Louis Armstrong party in the French Quarter.

Al Johnson At Satchmo Second Line

Al Johnson At Satchmo Second Line

We knew that Al Johnson was the guest of honor; we knew the Baby Dolls would be there and we knew that Zulu Social Aid And Pleasure Club were marching but we had no idea where the sortie was taking off; just that it was somewhere in the French Quarter.

Unknown Baby Doll At Satchmo Second Line

Unknown Baby Doll At Satchmo Second Line

We got on the hotfoot and walked from the Bywater to the US Mint to see if we could vector in on what was shaping up to be one of the biggest second lines of the year.

Young Man With A Horn At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

Young Man With A Horn At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

A kindly bouncer working the gate gave us the info we needed and we got back on the hoof to make our way to Saint Mark’s Methodist Church on North Rampart.

Reveler At Satchmo Second Line

Reveler At Satchmo Second Line

Al Johnson was standing on the sidewalk!

Partying With The Kiddo At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

Partying With The Kiddo At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

We immediately besieged the poor man for photos so the Scrumptious crew could have visual documentation of the greatness of this legend.

Masked Beauty At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

Masked Beauty At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

Soon enough the distant strains of the Treme Brass Band were heard and just then a massive crowd of people came marching riverbound down Gov. Nicholls Street.

A Man Wears The Horns At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

A Man Wears The Horns At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

The second line was on.

This Baby Doll Is A Hot Volcano Sun

The Baby Doll Is A Hot Volcano Sun

We danced to the horns of Kinfolks Brass Band, we mamba-d to Treme Brass Band, we died a thousand deaths at the object beauty of the Billion Dollar Baby Dolls, we gave proper respect to the hardworking men of Zulu, we saluted Al Johnson and the immaculate lady (Resa Bazile aka Baby Doll Cinnamon Black) who rode along side him on the big Satchmo float.

The Grand Marshall

The Grand Marshall

And we cried at the absence of Joelle Lee, the queen of all New Orleans baby dolls.

All Smiles At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

All Smiles At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

This second line was a short one, we’ve been on some that are so long you wonder if you’re going to make the whole parade or if you’re going to come down with a bad case of the vapors.

Zulu Social Aid And Pleasure Club At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

Zulu Social Aid And Pleasure Club At Satchmo Summerfest Second Line

Perhaps the brevity was in recognition of Al Johnson’s age?

Al Johnson And The Lovely Resa Bazile At Satchmo Second Line

Al Johnson And The Lovely Resa Bazile At Satchmo Second Line

And of course this being New Orleans we walked past a few spent shell casings on Esplanade, turns out there was a shooting a few hours prior to the parade’s passing.

Slide Trombone At Satchmo Second Line 2015

Slide Trombone At Satchmo Second Line 2015

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