Joell Lee aka “Jo Baby”

Celebrate the launch of Kim Vaz Deville’s newest tome on the New Orleans Baby Doll phenomenon today at Xavier University.

Copies of “Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans” will be up for sale, and a host of Baby Dolls will be in attendance.

Let’s hope a rumble doesn’t break out between the rival factions. Baby Dolls have been known to pack heat, and they love whiskey. Could be trouble. We’re still going.

Sunday July 22nd 2018
2pm
Xavier University
Administration Building Auditorium. 1 Drexel Drive. New Orleans, LA 70125.

And never forget the words of one of New Orleans most legendary chefs; let’s pass the mic to Austin Leslie of Chez Helene fame: “You fool with them, they’d cut you too” Mr Leslie once said whilst speaking on the Baby Dolls.

Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors at 2018 St Joseph’s Night

St Joseph’s Night 2018 kicked off while the sun was still high in the 7th Ward. There are dozens of Mardi Gras Indian tribes scattered across New Orleans nowadays but we decided to vector in on Fi Yi Yi and The Mandingo Warriors. Here’s what we saw. Continue Reading

We walked into the Treme for the 2016 Louis Armstrong Second Line held in conjunction with his big Satchmo Summerfest. This is one of New Orleans best parties and it’s held in the quiet of August when the only second lines are for funerals and most of the big Social Aid and Pleasure Club members are sitting at the house with their feet up.

Here’s what we saw:

A Lovely Baby Doll At Satchmo Summerfest

A Lovely Baby Doll At Satchmo Summerfest

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Resa Bazile (Cinnamon Black) first masked as a baby doll in 1974 when she was barely a teenager. 40+ years later she damn near set New Orleans on fire via dance at the 2016 Satchmo Summerfest second line.

When we were processing the photos taken at the parade one thing became clear: Ms Bazile was going to need her own photo set apart from the one we’re doing on the event as a whole.

Feast your eyes New Orleans. Resa Bazile performing as Cinnamon Black at the 2016 Satchmo Summerfest.

Resa Bazile aka Cinnamon Black

Resa Bazile aka Cinnamon Black

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