A cold north’r was whipping down Canal Street today at noon when the 2016 Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid And Pleasure Club Second Line prepared to kick off.
2016 marks the 25th anniversary for these high rollers.
The crowd today was light as most folks were piled up on the couch under quilts and blankets, fearful of being able to survive out of doors in temperatures that barely broke 50 degrees.
Plus the Saints were playing the dirty birds.
We’re the hardy sort and with the second line season approaching the halfway mark there was no way we were going to miss out on the Perfect Gentleman. Plus they had TBC Brass furiously honking their horns and they are one of our favorite street bands.
Today’s queen was truly lovely but unfortunately we have not been able to find her name.
The junior King Of Kings troupe was out and they were adorable.
The juniors were decked out like mini major league baseball players.
The Sisters of Change, decked out in disco attire, came flouncing up Canal Street and joined the parade just as it started to roll.
These women were of the utmost beauty.
But more importantly they could dance.
15 minutes past the appointed time the 2016 Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid And Pleasure Club Second Line began to roll.
Thankfully the Saints were not scheduled in the Superdome as the parade rolled within a stone’s throw of the old building.
We can’t imagine the hubbub that would’ve created.
We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling, dancing, drinking, eating, taking pictures and partying like the end times were upon us.
Maybe they are.
Part of the reason we dance like there’s no tomorrow is because we live in one of the most dangerous, violent cities in the US.
And that’s why we all try to live each day as if it’s our last.