Second Lines


While I was working yesterday and thinking about the dual “Ks” — Kennedy and Katrina, I was listening to music. For those familiar with i-Tunes, you know what Genius is, and how it works. It selected an old Joe Cocker tune from the “Mad Dogs and Englishman” tour called Feeling Alright. That got me bouncing around a little and I decided it was time for a little New Orleans second line music. Second line parades are small neighborhood parades in which everyone joins in. Sometimes, they are part of a jazz funeral. This is the last meaningful picture I made in New Orleans before the storm. It was from the second line parade of the “Chief of Chiefs, Tootie Montana” of the Mardi Gras Indians. This man is a spyboy. Normally, he checks out the other tribes. On this day everybody marched and sang together. He sang, “Tootie Montana god a golden crown.”

Damned if I didn’t feel much better.

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