Fighting Poverty with Passion
When I chose New Orleans as the location to serve as an AmeriCorps Vista, I had no idea that besides the work and the organization that I had selected would come with so many “perks” that would make this experience so enriching.
It has been three months into my year of service and this city has been relentless in giving and revealing some of itself to me through the people I have met; the art: the sound, the smells, and tastes have never failed to amaze me. Some are very familiar, while others are equally intriguing all the while very New Orleans. This city has so much to offer artistically and culturally, New Orleans is full of gems have been essential components and assets in my life-work balance.
Lately, I have discovered a cultural celebration known as Second Line Parade, full of ornately dressed folks carrying impeccably crafted, sashes, over-sized fans, canes, etc.
These Second Line Parades, also known as Jazz Funeral, are taking place is historically African-American neighborhood of Tremé, 7th Ward, and Central City. The social and Pleasure Clubs – The Sudan club, as well as Civic Associations – Black Men of Labor, organize these festivities that take place on Sundays. The second line is as New Orleans as it gets, where music, dance, people – from toddlers to seniors, to folks with limited mobility bring their best foot works on to the beats of the brass bands that are equally colorful and made of highly skilled musicians.
With this in mind, I would encourage anyone planning to visit New Orleans, in the months leading to Mardi Gras, to add to your must-do list, Second Line Sundays during your stay in the crescent city. To find out about dates, time, and parade route, go to NOLA READY, the city’s online resource hub, to find second line schedule.
Finally, I would like to wish all a joyous holiday, and good health, peace, and kindness for the coming year and beyond.
(photos credits: IG Filip_Nola_504)