2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

What a truly bizarre beginning to a second line. Treme Sidewalk Steppers began their roll at the Jazz and Heritage Center in a spectacle that recalled a formal Mardi Gras parade.

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

We were on Rampart Street when the parade began 10 minutes before it was scheduled.

That’s a first.

Most clubs are reasonably prompt but never do they begin before scheduled.

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

Big 6 Brass Band started honking off in the distance as the club members clambered atop pedestals placed near the Jazz center. After gyrating for a bit they somberly made their way through the crowd and onto the floats. Finally, the ropes men got it together to create a safe passage through the throngs.

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

The best part of any second line is the very beginning when the dancers buck wildly out of the club or house they’re holed up in. Treme Sidewalk Steppers just sort of walked through the crowd. There was no dancing. A few members jumped around on the porch of the Jazz center but that was about it.

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

A money cannon fired some dollar bills into the crowd. The band quit playing. Confusion reined as all the street shooters stood around and looked at each other like “what’s going on?”

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

Once the procession got under way things noticeably improved but the first 15 minutes of the affair were dreadful.

Buffy at 2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

2019 Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line

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