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

2021 Dumaine Street Gang Social Aid And Pleasure Club Second Line

Dumaine Street Gang employed unusual crowd control as their dancers busted out the chute. Instead of stationing ropesmen on either side of the promenade where members cavort about as they enter the crowd, a man just began ramming himself into people and hollering “open it up…open it up.” If things don’t work out for him with the Gang he could have a bright future with the Saints. Continue Reading