|Marcher biking to the church.|
Following a jazz mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Treme, worshippers and those who came just for the parade, would dance through the streets to the Old Mint. Sounded like a photo opportunity to me!
|St. Augustine Church|
Folks were standing around; musicians were tuning up; dancers were practicing their steps on Gov. Nicholls Street.
I learned, reading the plaque, that St. Augustine was dedicated in 1842 - that's before the Civil War for those of you who do not know their history dates - and welcomed free blacks and slaves into its congregation.
The church has a fascinating history, which shows free people of color had some power in New Orleans before the war and also suffered tremendously, but that's beside the point. What I was most interested in was the party.
My only real challenge was taking a photo without another photographer in the picture. I was elbow-to-elbow with the Times-Picayune and TV cameras.
Out came the priest, altar boys, worshippers and Treme jazz band. What a sound inside that church! A line started forming, starting with the Baby Boyz Brass Band, the Million Dollar Baby Dolls and the Grand Marshall Boe Monkey Red in a horse-drawn carriage.
Not far behind was the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club and Undefeated Divas Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The second line wound through the Treme, up Rampart Street onto Esplanade, approximately 15 blocks.
Everybody was dancing - kids, middle-age women, even park rangers.
All I could think was - only in New Orleans!