Mardi Gras Day I walked outside my house and was greeted with this:
It aint for everybody but for me, it gets no better than Mardi Gras day in Treme. We've got the Skeletons setting it off at the break of dawn, waking up the neighborhood with their howling and clacking. This gives me just enough time to get up, get myself together, make snacks for all my visitors (my house is Bathroom Break Central) and a cocktail for myself. By then its time to catch the Zulu parade passing by Orleans and Claiborne, the epicenter of Black Mardi Gras, on their way back home over on Broad Street. All the downtown Indians (and some Uptowns ones) make their way over here to holler about their prettiness and be admired. Baby dolls are prancing around, grills and stereo systems in front of every third house doing their thing. The Candlelight bar, official clubhouse of the neighborhood, is jammed packed feeding and boozing everyone. And of course, it wouldn’t be Treme without one or two second line parades rolling through, ensuring that we don’t end our day without a good ole shakedown in the street.
And now, the award for best throw of Mardi Gras 2013 - this one is NSFW kiddies!
(NSFW photo below the jump!)
Take your vitamins and get your street shoes out cause we bout to get busy this weekend. Four (4) second line parades happening this weekend, three downtown, one uptown: Black Men of Labor, 6t'9 Halloween Parade, Men and Ladies of Class, and Treme 200 United Second Line.
For all you do New Orleans, this weekend is for you!
(parade times and routes below the jump!)
This evening beginning at 6pm, a tribute to Rebirth Brass Band is taking place at LeMann Park, Lafitte St at N. Claiborne Ave. This “Under the Bridge” brass band blowout is part of the Tremé 200 Festival and features the Hot 8, Dirty Dozen, Brass-A-Holics, The Original Pinettes, Baby Boyz and of course Rebirth Brass Band.
The tribute is just one of many events (schedule here) happening throughout the weekend to celebrate the bicentennial of Faubourg Tremé, the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States.
Most of the regulars are back and, in the first episode anyway, the show is more a series of entwined family dramas. Now not only a wandering musician, but an assistant high-school band director and, by his own rueful admission, a "grown-up," Antoine is trying to keep his life from turning into Mr. Batiste's Opus, and LaDonna and her family have moved in with some snooty in-laws who already are jumping on her last nerve. The Lambreauxs' album is a hit, but Wynton Marsalis pays the music some marginally snotty compliments offstage. Meanwhile, Davis and Annie are succeeding as a couple, and as individuals. She's got a new band and he's got a new dream — an R&B opera about Katrina that "will make Puccini my bitch." Whatever.
And for fans of creator David Simon, here's Capital New York's recounting of Simon's Sept. 18 appearance at a panel sponsored by HBO and ProPublica. Topics include the death march of newspapers, blogging and Simon's own self-described "dynamic of pseudocelebrity."
Today July 13th from 5-7pm there will be a second line parade in honor of Uncle Lionel Batiste beginning at Tuba Fats Square on the corner of St. Philip and N. Robertson in the Treme, and ending at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 1931 St. Claude.
(additional info below the jump!)
In 2010, when his beloved drum was stolen after Batiste marched in the Krewe du Vieux parade, it made news. The drum was quietly returned.
In this performance, recorded at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in March, Batiste performed "Let Me Call You Sweetheart":
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available. But they shall certainly be grand.
This may be the best thing FunnyOrDie.com has ever done. Just masterful. Chappelle-worthy.
"Experience The Wire's realistic portrayal of America's decaying inner cities ... through the magic of song."
The storylines snake and swoop like an unhurried jazz jam in this rich drama in which everyday people get on with life in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Creator David Simon's other critically beloved series, The Wire, won a Peabody in 2004 after its second season, just as Treme did.
The 71st annual Peabody Awards will be handed out at a May 21 luncheon in New York hosted by Patrick Stewart. The show's third season will begin this fall on HBO.
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Oh my! What fun!