(NOTE: Gambit's regular second line correspondent, Deborah "Big Red" Cotton was one of the 19 shooting victim's during the Mother's Day second line so I will be taking over her duties until she recovers. A fund has been set up to help with Deb's medical expenses. The video above was taken from the "Big Red Cotton" YouTube channel. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the victims.)
By virtue of rain and a tragic incident of violence, there will be not one but two second lines marching through New Orleans this weekend. On Saturday, the Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club will be staging a "re-do" of their ill-fated Mother's Day second line that was interrupted by a mass shooting. That parade will be followed on Sunday by the Single Ladies & Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs parade which was rescheduled due to rain.
It's been less than a month since the Mother's Day shooting and while that senseless act of violence is still fresh in people's minds, the New Orleans cultural community has responded resoundingly with massive crowds at the last two parades (ushered along by a visibly increased police presence).
Original Big 7 CEO Ed Buckner said in a phone interview that the rescheduling of his club's parade was supported by not only the second line community, but the city government, mayor's office and the New Orleans Police Department. Buckner urged New Orleans residents to support stand together in supporting not only New Orleans culture, but the city's anti-violence efforts.
"We have to stay unified," Buckner said. "The City Council, the Mayor, the police department, everybody's supporting us and it's a change in New Orleans that's coming about. But we have to stay on a path to make the other changes we need and stop the violence and help our leaders stay on track."
Buckner spoke candidly about how the shooting has affected him and his fellow club members, saying that they are still in the process of counseling each other in the wake of the shooting. Buckner also took a moment to speak Gambit correspondent Deborah Cotton, whom Buckner knew only by reputation but admired nonetheless.
"I know she's going to come back stronger than ever," he said. "Hopefully we can bring people some joy and she can feel us and know that we're parading for her."
Buckner said that this Saturday's parade will follow the alternate route used on Mother's Day and will be pausing on the corner of Frenchmen St. and N. Villere St. to honor the victims of the shooting. Flowers will be placed at the scene of the shooting and Buckner said he encourages citizens from all oever New Orleans to attend.
"We need everybody to come out and show solidarity and show we've had enough of these murders and crimes," he said.
Turn by turn route info and links to maps of the parade routes after the jump. Note that routes are subject to change. As always, please come to have fun. No weapons, fights or violence.
Big Shot - Justine
Junior King - Allen Snyder
Junior Queen - Holly Richardson
1825 Elysian Fields Ave - Home of the Original Big Seven Cultural and Heritage Division. Elysian Fields Ave towards N. Robertson St. right turn onto Frenchmen St. to St. Anthony St. left turn on St. Anthony St.
Stop: Owen House
Out St. Anthony St. towards St. Claude Ave. right turn on St. Claude Ave to St. Bernard Ave. Right turn onto St. Bernard Ave to 1301 St. Bernard Ave.
Stop: Justine's Next Stop
Down St. Bernard Ave. towards Galvez St. - Table Stop St. Bernard & Galvez St.
Continue down St. Bernard towards Gentilly cross Gentilly to 3225 St. Bernard
Stop: Star Touch Carwash
Down St. Bernard Ave. to Senate St. right turn onto Senate St.
Stop: Salute to Mr. Miles
Right turn on Gibson St. up Gibson St. to Lafreniere St. left turn on Lafreniere St. to Hamburg St.
Disband at T.J's Island
Special Thanks to:
Norman Dixon Foundation, Tory Foley's TJ's Island, Justine's Next Stop, New Orleans Musicians Clinic, Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Sweet Home New Orleans, Clyde's Barber Shop, Mardi Gras Lounge, Fight Back Center and of Confederate of Cruisers
Start: Foxx Lounge
Out Washington Ave. to S. Dorgenois Street, right on S. Dorgenois to M.L. King Blvd, right on M.. King to S Preiur Street
Stop: Nine Times SAPC - TRIBUTE TO NATHANIEL
Continue out M.. King to 2300 Block of M.L. King Blvd.
Stop: TRIBUTE TO NORRIS & TERON CRAWFORD
Continue out S. Liberty to Felicity, left on Felicity to. O.C. Haley Blvd. right on O.C. Haley to Jackson to Danneel Street
Stop: Sportsman Ladies SAPC
Out Jackson to LaSalle, left on LaSalle to Washington Ave.
Stop: Prince of Wales SAPC
Continue out LaSalle to Louisiana, left on Louisiana to S. Liberty, rich ton Liberty to Foucher, left on Foucher to S. Saratoga Street'
Stop: The Other Place Bar
Continue out Foucher to Dryades, left on Dryades to Seventh Street
Stop: Joe's House of Blues
Cotinue out Dryades to Second Street:
DISBAND: Sportsman Corner 2nd & Dryades
SINGLE LADIES 2013 QUEEN KELANI GILMORE
2013 KING TERON CRAWFORD, JR.
Royal Court: Tyron, Kaprice, Kentrell, Trinity, Lenzell, Kamora and Patrick
SINGLE MEN 2013 QUEEN: MS. HELENA THOMAS
Royal Court: Natasha, Deyonee, Dena, Sybil, Jacqueline, Lillicia, Latasha
Single Ladies 2013 Members
Ernestine, Triniece & Charlene
Single Men 2013 Members
BIG Daddy, BIG Brian, BIG E, Richie RIch, Ditty and Carl
OUR PARADE IS DEDICATED TO THE LATE NATHANIEL E WILLIS, SR. SINGLE MEN'S FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS & THE LATE NORRIS & TERON CRAWFORD. SPECIAL THANKS TO THE NORMAN DIXON FOUNDATION, NOSAPCTF, FAMILY, FRIENDS & EVERYONE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED S INGLE LADIES & SIGNLE MEN OVER THE YEARS.
LEAVE YOUR GUNS, WEAPONS & ATTITUDES AT HOME