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Epilogue: Second Line on Sunday The leaders of the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, embodying local notions of respectability and order, become the people who are in control of the street and take hold of the public imagination . Allthose who join in the second-line parade can partake in this order, this joyous space of power, dignity, self-reliance, and freedom. — HELEN REGIS, "Second Lines, Minstrelsy, and the Contested Landscapes of New Orleans Afro-Creole Festivals" People here can't get jobs, and it's hard. Sopeople need to come together, and work together. We want that.We want the communication and wewant happiness between the brothers and the sisters. — UNNAMED ZULU CLUB OFFICIAL ,Jazz Parades: Feet Don't Fail Me Now The hand-lettered notice painted on the side of the grocery store reads: NO DRUGS NO WEAPONS NO LOITERING NOSHOTGUNS It's a bleak reminder of the negative aspects of urban life in the Sixth Ward. But the weather is fine, the barbecue smellsgood, and the crowd beginning to arrive at the street corner seems to be in a holiday mood. The Sudan Social and Pleasure Club (established 1984, proclaims their banner) is parading today at twelve noon—or sometime around then—after all, this isNew Orleans. Starting point is the Treme community center, opposite Craig School, on the corner of St. Philip and Villere. Musicians arrive on foot or pick-up truck, in twos and threes, calling greetings across the street "Hey, Mr.Jones! Mr. Benny Jones!" "Hey, Tuba, where y'at?" Two or three pickup trucks parked at the streetjunction already have barbecue cooking up in the back,with smells of charcoal, hot sausage, and pork chops to drive you crazy. On a couple of vacant lots, there are little white tents also selling barbecue.And you can get beer, cold from the bin full of ice, to wash it down. As my companion, Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, observes, "Everybody got a little hustle." Wesit on the steps at the back of Joe's Cozy Corner, a block away, while musicians, club members, and potential second liners mill around the Treme Center—it looksa bit aimless,but everything will probably get started soon. 183 Up comes a lady with a little hustle—she's selling small pumpkin pies from a basket. She spotsus as likely customers, and it goes like this: LADY: Hey baby, how about one of these pies? Made them myself,just this morning. TUBA: Naw, can't eat them pies, ain't got the teeth. LADY: Well, how about your friend? [indicating me] TUBA: Naw, he's worse than me. LADY: Well, how about buying one anyway, for a tip? TUBA: Naw. LADY: Well, We retire into Joe's Cozy Corner (headquarters of the Jolly Bunch Ladies, says a sign on the wall) for a cold Bud and a sociablereception from the mainly elderly customers, inspired by courteous and friendly curiosity. Then out of the semidarkness of the bar, into the glare of the street, and back to the St. Philip corner: maybe there's something happening by now. There is. At the end of the walkway into the Treme center, right by the entrance , BennyJones and the Treme BrassBand are playing the spiritual "I'llFly Away." Benny's playing bass drum today and has a big band with him. There's Roger Lewis on alto sax, Elliott "Stackman" Callier on tenor. Mervyn "Kid Merv" Campbelland William Smith on trumpets, CharlesJoseph and Eddie "Bo" Parish on trombones, and—surprise!—KirkJoseph and Julius "Jap"McKee and Jeffrey Hills: three sousaphonesin one band! Already on the street, dancing in formation, is the children's division of the Sudan, maybe twenty of them, the boys wearing the same outfits as their fathers —and holding unlit cigars. According to Helen Regis, "The cigar-chewing six-year-old boy in the Sudan's youth division is not just learning to participate in community tradition: he signifies the club's (and no doubt his own parent's) hopes for the financial success of their youth."51 Asone club member noted in the TV documentaryJazz Parades: Feet Don't Fail Me Now, the social and pleasure clubs help keepkids out of serious trouble: "Some of these kids want so bad to be a part of that life. The parents will spend their last dime just so's a son or daughter can be involved in this. Some of the kids may get into a little trouble—they get into one...

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ISBN
9780807155820
Related ISBN
9780807133330
MARC Record
OCLC
849949632
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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