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Dumaine Street Gang

King Dwight Ballard, Dumaine Street Gang

King Dwight Ballard, Dumaine Street Gang

17 years. Yes. That’s how long these guys have been rolling. The Dumaine Street Gang. No. Not the kind of gang that you are thinking of. This is another social club. They help people.

Aside from jazz funeral second lines that are held to honor some locally well-known person who has just passed, this is the biggest parade in Treme. The real Treme. Not the cable television show. This is the place where so many of New Orleans’ most famous musicians call home. Here, and the Lower 9th Ward. And, they all come out for this parade. Three brass bands. TBC. New Birth and The Tru Brass Band. Five divisions of formal paraders.

This one is huge. How huge? Well, I got up off my death-bed like Lazarus to photograph it. Well, not the bad. But, every time that I work hard as it takes to stay ahead of a parade, I start coughing and whatever it is that’s left inside of me rears its ugly head.

So. This guy. Royalty. New Orleans royalty. He is King Dwight Ballard. Do not quote me on this one, but he may also be a Mardi Gras Indian. His dress sure looks like that of an Indian to me. He might be using it to do double duty. The rest of his club were dressed more normally. Very elegant, formal and bright suits and hats with matching everything. Even cigars.

The picture. Well, I’m felling really lucky to have made this, and a few others. I was mostly out-of-place. As I said, I’m still not feeling great which made my timing off a bit. And, the guys carrying the yellow boundary ropes were relentless. I think I was mostly working on instinct. Sometimes you make the best pictures that way. Other times, not so much.

A little housekeeping. Many of you read this by email. Thank you very much. Some of you are fellow bloggers who have formed sort of a community. Thank you very much. Some of you come here through either Facebook or Twitter or Google+ or a couple of other social media outlets. Please consider subscribing by email. I haven’t sorted it out yet, but after last week’s exploits, I’m pretty sure Storyteller won’t be available through any social media after the first of the year.



  1. Liz Carter says

    I follow on Google+. Takino your advise & following by home computer is currently not working. So I will be following you this way at the start of the year.


  2. John Lee Sanders says

    Wow, great photo, thanks so much for sharing this, Will be in touch about the photos for the Ash Wednesday song, just trying to figure out a way to do this, since now I’ve gone over budget producing the CD. Best regards John Lee Sanders

    *510 686 3155 (google voice* *Cell *604-500 8846 *Skype: johnleesanders*


    • Thanks for you kind words. I’ve taken a little harder stance since a few events unfolded over the past two weeks. If you find the post of the ruins of the old Club Desire, you’ll see that the club has been tagged right across the front door. That tag is my new tagline… I posted it maybe a week or two ago.


  3. John Lee Sanders says

    Hi, Any thoughts on this on some of your photos in the videos, just adding background vocals on this, Your photos are such an inspirations, and the song has such a visual component, hope we can work together one something. best John Lee sanders

    *Cell *318 503 02 fax +1 251 650 1986 *Skype: johnleesanders* [image:

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