2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

We’ve been to dozens of second lines in New Orleans since the 70s but this was the first time we ever managed to catch one of the premiere social aid and pleasure clubs in town: Prince of Wales.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

They got their start all the way back in 1928 when old 10th Ward boss Arthur J. O’Keefe was the mayor of our city.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

Rail yard workers and dock hands were the original founders of the club but nowadays you’re just as likely to find school teachers, mechanics and accountants among their members.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

The club has two great origin stories. The first is that the Prince of Wales visited New Orleans in the late 20s and his savoir fare was so tremendous that the men in the club wanted to align themselves with such an impressive man, hence the name.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

The second possible origin is that the club member were all hard-drinkers and their spirit of choice was J&B Scotch which pays homage to the Prince of Wales on each bottle.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

Either way, these gentlemen were among the sharpest dressers we’ve ever been privileged to cavort through the streets with, and along with Pigeon Town Steppers, the finest dance troupe as well.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

The air was crackling with energy as the men (and women) launched themselves out the front door of the old Rock Bottom Lounge just as Da Truth Brass Band punctured the air with heavy brass. The crowd was a couple thousand strong as the procession lit out for Faubourg Livaudais, and we broke into a strong trot just to keep up.

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

Here’s what we saw:

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

2016 Prince Of Wales Second Line Parade In New Orleans

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>