Day: May 3, 2017

I’ll Fly Away


The quoted paragraphs are what I wrote shortly after I read of Deborah Cotton’s passing. I scheduled about a gazillion second line pictures. Then, the second line happened. Word was passed around. Slowly at first. There would be a second line in memory of Deb at 5pm, at Esplanade and Claiborne. Under I-10. Then it moved to Tuba Fats Square. The start time changed to 6pm. The parade eventually started rolling at about 7pm or later. My friend and fellow photographer, Mike said, “Well, you know. It’s a fluid situation. It’s also just a New Orleans thing. The delay was good. Mike and I had a little dinner. I got to hang out with people I haven’t seen in a while. The very sad event took on some kind of spiritual meaning. It’s hard to explain. That too, is a New Orleans thing. If you’re wondering about all the brass band pictures, I have a good excuse. They were the heart and soul of this second line. Obviously, there were no social clubs to lead. No Mardi Gras …