I did a post last week on New Orleans Second Lines. In that post I commented on the recent Mother’s Day tragedy so I will not repeat those thoughts except to say that I am glad the Second Lines continue. On many Sunday afternoons there is a Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line parade. There was one scheduled the next weekend by the Divine Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club and the Unbreakable Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The parade route flyer said, “Sitting on Top of the World Overlooking All Our Haters” which is a good place to be. As WWL TV noted, “For the first time since the Mother's Day shooting, hundreds gathered in New Orleans for a second line on Sunday as a sign of New Orleans' resilience in a time of tragedy... it was dedicated to the 20 victims of the shooting at a second line on May 12.” Here are some photos of the event. You can click on any image to enlarge it.
New Orleans is a city where parades are often a participatory event. Second lines are the prime example. The Unbreakable Men went first. Below you see them getting into position coming down Jackson Ave. and reaching the corner of St. Charles Ave. Then they started down St. Charles on the way to a long route ending at Joe’s House of Blues on Dryades. They were supported by many of the same brass band members as the Pigeon Town Steppers.
The Divine Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club came down St. Charles on an open top bus and several limos to meet the Unbreakable Men at the corner of Jackson and St. Charles. Here they are in 2009 on Youtube. As seen below, this year they followed the Unbreakable Men down St. Charles.