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Lady Rollers Second Line

Got folks in town for the holidays? I know it’s cold out there today, but you should take ’em out to a second line. There happens to be one today, from 12-4pm the Lady Rollers are, well, rolling. Here’s a clip from last year, and click here for the route, which I always get from the Blog of New Orleans.


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Prince of Wales Second Line

I have friends in town today, one of whom is in New Orleans for the first time. And I am so glad that they are going to get a chance to go to the Prince of Wales Second Line Parade. I’m lifting all this info straight from the Blog of New Orleans, which is always a good source for what’s happening on the Second Line front.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010 — 1 P.M. “Ten Ten Tension! Watch Us Shine!

Start: Rock Bottom Lounge, 3801 Tchoupitoulas. Back Peniston to Annunciation. Left on Annunciation. Annunciation to General Taylor. Out General Taylor to Magazine Street. Right on Magazine. Down Magazine to Aline.

Stop: Reesie’s Snowball Stand. Down Magazine to Louisiana. Left on Louisiana. Out Louisiana.

Stop: Sandpiper Lounge, 2119 Louisiana. Out Louisiana to LaSalle. Right on LaSalle. Down LaSalle to Third Street. Right on Third. Out Third to corner of Dryades.

Stop: Charlie Wright’s Watering Hole. Continue out Third to St. Charles Avenue. Right on St. Charles. Up St. Charles to Washington Avenue. Left on Washington. Out Washington.

Stop: Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave. Out Washington to Annunciation.

Stop: CTC Steppers. Up Annunciation to Louisiana. Left on Louisiana. Out Louisiana to Tchoupitoulas. Up Tchoupitoulas.

Disband: Rock Bottom Lounge, 3801 Tchoupitoulas.

2010 Queen — Shavonda Jacobs

In memory of Dinneral Shavers, Brandon Franklin and all our departed Prince of Wales/Lady Wales.

Here’s some footage from last year:

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Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a a video of the annual Black Men of Labor parade. Power to the people!

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Southern Decadence continues today. I didn’t know much about how Decadence came to be until I read this informative article in the Gambit. The big parade is gearing up right now in the French Quarter. The starting point is somewhere near the Golden Lantern and it ends somewhere in the vicinity of the Bourbon Pub–pretty much head to the lower end of Bourbon Street and you’re bound to run into a couple hundred thousand revelers. The Grand Marshals this year are Julien Artressia and Toby LeFort.

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Gay Pride Parade

This month is Gay Pride time, nationally. There are parades in many major cities in this country today, but I can bet none will rival the one in New Orleans. Sure, others may be bigger, but when it comes to parading, no other city can touch us.

The Pride Second Line Parade starts at 1pm. Then from 2-6 the street fair and block party ensues. Ground zero is Bourbon between Orleans and Dumaine.

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A Little Easter Decadence

I arrived in New Orleans (to live) almost exactly 10 years ago. It was just before Easter, and one of the first parades I saw was the Gay Easter Parade in the French Quarter. Earlier that day, atop a float I saw Chris Owens, the septuagenarian burlesque performer, and knew I had come to the right town. I got hungry and followed my nose. I ended up wandering into a (now defunct) Marigny bar/restaurant called The Harbor. The place was full, there was a big Easter Sunday buffet. I kind of froze for a minute, not sure if it was a private party or not, when an older gentleman, dressed to the nines, came up and put his arm around me, led me to the buffet, and told me to fix myself a plate. And, well, I’ve been home ever since.

The Gay Easter Parade rolls at 4:30. Here’s the route.

Here’s an awesome moment from last year’s parade:

Then, a little later on, THE place to be is the Spellcaster Lodge, where King Kahn and the Shrines, among others will be doing their thing. Word is: it’s gonna be hard to get in, so no lollygagging!

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Downtown Irish Clubbing

So, there are St. Patrick’s Day parties going on all over the city. One could go back to Parasol’s, or over to Finn McCool’s. But, being a decidedly downtown gal, I’m going to go with the Downtown Irish Club Parade. It starts at 6:30, at Bud Rip’s. But, personally, I think first I’d spent the last sunny hour of this lovely day at Markey Park, heading in and out of Markey’s Bar.  At 5pm, St. Louis Slim and his Large Band will start playing out on the street in front of the bar; and listening to his great old-timey blues, while having a pint is the perfect place to wait for the parade.

The route is up Royal, all the way to the French Quarter, then over to Decatur and up to Canal, and then back again. The parade stops at all kinds of bars and pubs along the way, but with such a long parade route to be walked, you’ll surely walk off all those pints.

I love this photo, from Life Magazine, of the parade a couple of years ago.

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