Need Your Help: Mardi Gras Second Line Routes

A friend’s architecture studio this semester is constructing some maps of social conditions in New Orleans. She is trying to locate second line routes as compared to traditional Mardi Gras parade routes. This information is not very well documented on the internet (as you might expect) but there is some. It may not be possible to locate all the routes but it would be useful to locate a few (10-20?) in order to visually demonstrate the degree of local parading by these social clubs and their place at the neighborhood or block level.

Can you help me by giving me exact routes that some Mardi Gras Indian communities, St. Ann’s parade and other smaller Uptown and non-Uptown krewes take? In return, I will publish these routes as Google maps, on Google Earth or as PDFs. Thanks in advance for your help. Remember, exact routes with start and end point will be much appreciated as these are going on maps.

5 Comments so far

  1. Adrastos (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Indian routes? They meander, dawlin’ The best anyone can do is to approximate. Can I do it? Nah but maybe somebody can…


  2. Lisa (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    From the St. Anne’s Society website:

    The parade starts as you follow the Storyville Stompers down Chartres toward Elysian Fields and Canal Street.
    Proceed all the way down Chartres to approximately Toulouise.
    Turn right onto (approximately)Toulouise and then left onto Royal Street.
    Take Royal Street several blocks down to Canal. There will be a long or short pause while the Krewe of Ste Anne enjoys Rex.
    At the end of Rex the Krewe of Saint Anne will follow the Rex parade on Canal for one block or so and then turn left onto Chartres.
    Follow Chartres down to Jackson Square and take a right turn onto Jackson Square, cross Decatur Street, and proceed onto the Mississippi River Moonwalk.
    The parade ends here at approximately 3 PM each year after singing and a group baptismal rite.

    The ashes of the dearly departed are interred into the river during this ceremony.


  3. Tom Morgan (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    You might try Sylvester at the Back Street Cultural Museum for Second Line routes. He sends me one each week before the parade. As to Indians we’ll talk at he cocktail party on Friday.


  4. Editor B (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    C’mon, Maitri, you know as well as I do that shit’s top secret.


  5. Maitri (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Some people are willing to spill the spillable beans. Also, the Backstreet Cultural Museum should have some goodies for me.



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