I spent Saturday out at the New Orleans Jazz Festival (official title: “The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell,” – as in the oil company), eating, listening to music and doing a bit of photography. It’s always fun to shoot when not on a journalistic deadline, simply for myself. This was one of those days, and I made a handful of images that I like. I’m going to show them here, with captions that talk a bit about the images.
Mardi Gras Indians are a New Orleans cultural tradition that dates way, way back. There’s music involved, history and ceremony. Indian tribes compete amongst themselves for the best costumes and dance moves a couple of times a year. The biggest days are Super Sunday and Mardi Gras day. The Jazz Fest has featured Indians for a number of years, giving them a chance to show off their moves and song chops. These are photos of one group, the Creole Wild West.
Throughout the day at Jazz Fest, another New Orleans tradition is on display: the parade. This can take the form of a marching group, a Social Aid and Pleasure Club (which predate Social Security and provided help and in many cases, burials for their members), or just a regular brass band. Jazz Fest has examples of all three. Here are a couple of photos of the Nine Times Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club marching in a tribute to recently-deceased local blues singer Marva Wright, and Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony, parading in honor of Anthony ‘Tuba Fats’ Lacen, the most famous of all New Orleans tuba players, who died back in 2004.
Odds & Ends
Roddie Romero and his Hub City All Stars played a great cajun set. It was really, really muddy. And a SEA of people showed up and stood around in the mud to hear Simon and Garfunkel, even if they were so far away you needed a really large monitor set up for you to see them. It was an awesome day!
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