While we were documenting the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association Second Line that languorously wended its way through Central City, the New Orleans police scanner was on fire.

These are four, back to back headlines on the Times Picayune’s website this morning:New Orleans Crime

Man shot in eastern New Orleans Sunday

Man and woman robbed early Sunday morning in Milan

Man stabbed in 7th Ward armed robbery Saturday

Man killed in Treme early Sunday

New Orleans is our favorite American city but it’s hard to reconcile our afternoon spent shaking it to hot brass and photographing the lovely people who made Sunday’s Second Line one of the finest of the short season with the carnage that roiled across town.

The theme for the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association’s Second Line was “Parading For Peace in 2015.”

It ain’t easy in the Big Easy.

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