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 Dead Beans Parade In New Orleans, Louisiana

We would not venture to the Garden District during Carnival season for all the tea in China. It was fun long ago but the ladder scene and situation made the parade viewing untenable. There is more fun to be had with the small walking parades that dot the neighborhoods downriver from Canal Street.

Like Dead Beans. On Lundi Gras las month we parked in Treme and made the long walk to Bayou St John to watch one of the best Krewes in New Orleans roll. 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 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

2021 Big 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

A cold wind was blowing in from the north as Big 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club prepared to roll for their 2021 second line. Vaughan’s Lounge in New Orleans Bywater neighborhood was the starting point. I have never seen so many elderly white people getting down for the first four blocks of the parade.

2021 Big 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

By the time we got to the Lower 9th Ward their numbers had dramaticallly shrunk. Continue Reading