New Orleans Baby Dolls at Xavier University

The New Orleans Baby Doll contingents left their bullwhips, stiletto knives and firearms at the house when they gathered yesterday for the book launch of Kim Vaz Deville’s latest opus: “Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans”

A New Orleans Baby Doll at Xavier University

Hundreds of people poured into an auditorium on Xavier University’s campus where Ms Deville earns her living as professor of education as well as being the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A New Orleans Baby Doll at Xavier University

Dozens of Baby Dolls were in attendance, and on their best behavior as the ladies refrained from brawling amongst themselves.

New Orleans Baby Dolls at Xavier University

No bullwhips were used to fend off their admirers.

New Orleans Baby Dolls at Xavier University

Instead the ladies contented themselves with heaping plates of Swedish meatballs, cake and glasses of sparkling red wine.

New Orleans Baby Dolls at Xavier University

It was a joy to be in their midst.

New Orleans Baby Dolls at Xavier University

The party was a good one save for a long, boring monologue by a city official who nearly put the crowd to sleep.

New Orleans Baby Dolls at Xavier University

There were plenty street shooters on hand as we’re all on Second Line hiatus till the season kicks back off at the end of August.

A New Orleans Baby Doll poses with civilians

It was 99 degrees outside but cold as a parson’s cupboard in the great hall.

The inimitable Kim Vaz Deville at the launch of her new book: “Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans”

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