2022 Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

The Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club was established in 1973 by Baptiste Giles and Percy “Pete” Lewis, big chief of the Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians.

2022 Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

In 1976 they became only the second S&P to promenade at Jazz Fest.

2022 Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

Their bonafides are impeccable.

2022 Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

Unfortunately a cracking thunder storm erupted in Central City as they began their parade yesterday. As the party-goers fled for cover a deluge opened up further thinning the crowd. We still managed to get a handful of pictures; here’s what we saw:

2022 Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

2022 Scene Boosters Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

Percy “Big Chief Pete” Lewis died on November 3rd, 1981.

Baptiste Giles passed away June, 7th, 1998.

2022 Revolution Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

Revolution Social Aid and Pleasure Club switched their roll from Treme to the 9th Ward for their 25th anniversary second line. We took a Sunday morning stroll from our nearby home and joined the men and women as they erupted out of Sampson Park in Desire. This is what we saw: Continue Reading

2022 VIP Ladies And Kids Second Line With Sporty’s Brass Band

The VIP Ladies and Kids second line went off yesterday afternoon in New Orleans Garden District. The mayor of the city had recently vowed to ‘go after’ any second lines that go too big for their britches but this roll went off without a hitch. Special nod to Sporty’s Brass Band who pummeled the crowd with some of the most savage honking we’ve heard all winter. This is what we saw: Continue Reading

2022 CTC Steppers Second Line In New Orleans

You pay a hefty monthly fee to be part of a social aid and pleasure club. You splash out a thousand dollars or more on an elaborate outfit that makes you look like a million bucks. You climb aboard an ornate trailer with a DJ spinning and a full bar filled with all sorts of booze.

One or more world-class brass bands follow your float. Thousands of people line the route to cheer you on.

2022 CTC Steppers Second Line In New Orleans

Then you lock your eyes on your telephone and don’t even bother to try and have a good time? Bizarre. Continue Reading

2022 Treme Sidewalk Steppers Second Line in New Orleans

Treme Sidewalk Steppers are unique in that they do not bust out of a bar, someone’s home or local beauty parlor to start their roll. They prefer to erupt from some far-flung locale where the crowd can barely seem them off in the distance. In this instance the club rolled out of the Mahalia Jackson Theater some 300 yards away from Rampart Street where their fans had gathered.

Odd.

Thousands of people would eventually follow them on their route through Treme on a winter’s day that could not have possibly been any finer. Here’s what we saw: Continue Reading

2022 Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

The 2022 Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line rolled through Central City, New Orleans yesterday afternoon. Every second line has its peculiar feature and yesterday’s street party featured an off the charts performance by All Starz Brass Band. Their lead trumpet player is an absolute maniac and was peeling off some of the hottest solos I’ve heard in years. Continue Reading

2021 Lady Rollers Social Aid And Pleasure Club Second Line

Lady Rollers are one of the most fun social aid and pleasure clubs in New Orleans. They’re a small S&P led by the famous Miss Linda, the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady. All the gals are strictly out to have a good time and like the Baby Dolls they are experts at showing up and showing out.

The club just rolled on a sultry Sunday afternoon in Uptown New Orleans. This is what we saw: Continue Reading