Fake Second Line

This ‘second line’ in front of Tipitina’s this afternoon was part of NPR’s celebration of their broadcast of “Toast of the Nation” for which they have made a very special trip to New Orleans. It’s gonna be cool, no doubt, here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5077064.
Of course, no national coverage of New Orleans can be orchestrated without the poser version of the second line. It was a big photo op…..I knew it would be fake but it was pretty gross. Here’s the folks they got to actually parade: Goofy White People I don’t know. It ain’t Treme . . . here’s a photo or two from Papa Joe’s Jazz funeral for those of you who want to compare. It is my job to counter the mass media stuff for you. On the roof

I have been sizing these photos for too long today and they appear differently outside the composition software, I’m sure y’all understand. And I have to sling French hash right now. . . So, hey Happy New Year, see ya at the Bonfire ~ Bonfire On! 2005

9 Comments so far

  1. rcs (unregistered) on December 31st, 2005 @ 3:41 pm

    Just drove up Orleans Avenue and the bonfire pile is already getting started!

  2. Craig (unregistered) on December 31st, 2005 @ 4:51 pm

    I saw them getting ready for this when I passed Tip’s this morning. Who ARE these people?

  3. humidhaney (unregistered) on December 31st, 2005 @ 4:56 pm

    Posers or no posers, I like a second line, a parade, people acting the fool and having a good time. Orchestrated or not, the more people get out of their post-k funk and DO SOMETHING the better off we are around here.

    If you White you should stop second lining, dancing, playing music, cooking soul food, singing gospel or acting like you are funky?

    I don’t think so.

  4. Craig (unregistered) on December 31st, 2005 @ 7:36 pm

    It’s the staged nature of it I object to. When it just happens, it’s great regardless of ethnic background. Passion is spontaneous and, at least to me, it’s the main reason for living. It has to come from within.

  5. Drury (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 4:37 am

    Just had to throw in my two cents about the NPR broadcast.

    When I went to the web site there was a photo of the band Pink Martini. The tallest fellow in the photo is Brian Davis from Portland Oregon. He is also the leader of “The Lions of Batucada” (Portland’s Samba band). He was one of the many folks in the West Coast samba community that organized workshops that aided the New Orleans samba group “Casa Samba” lead by Curtis Pierre. Curtis Pierre is a beloved teacher for many of us in the West. When I saw Pink Martini on the NPR line up I wasn’t surprised.

    Just had to share.


  6. KDJ (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    Aren’t the Pussyfooters a long-time parading organization, most often seen in the Krewe du Vieux parade every year? If so, I think it is pretty cool that they are back and out there parading. And while they may not ordinarily second-line, things change. Especially now. Enjoy what you can!

  7. Maitri (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

    My first reaction was that you need something to celebrate before you put together a second line. And then, I thought: No, no, you can make something to celebrate when getting a second line together. Shit, we should second line the fact that we are alive and well, and that Uptown survived to tell the tale, as it were.

    Not to deflate what you are trying to say at all, Laureen, far from it. I do understand where you are coming from. A part of me thinks it’s kinda lame, too. But, the beauty of our being New Orleanians is saying, “NPR wants us to get in costume and shake our fannies for fun? OK!” We ain’t above that, are we?

    My friend and I were supposed to be in the Pussyfooters this year. As KDJ said, they’ve been around for a while, and I wouldn’t exactly call them posers or white. When I am in the Pussyfooters next year, they won’t be so pasty!

    Long live the Pussyfooters!

  8. michael (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    Bizarre is the idea that only african-american’s are authentic New Orleanians. This has always been a multi-ethnic city, and our traditions were started by all kinds of different races and cultures. My neighborhood used to house the people we now call Chalmations, most recently majority black, and now the Bywater is multi ethnic, multi cultural.

    Such blatant race hatred has no place in the new city we are trying to build, without the violent culture of the recent past. Please, don’t give in to hate!

  9. humidhaney (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    “Bizarre is the idea that only african-american’s are authentic New Orleanians.”


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