New Orleans is America’s most unique and wonderful city, and right now we are under siege. This time it’s coming not from hurricane winds but from an oily black death a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The BP oil spill has now continued for over six weeks, with no real relief in site any time soon, and people here are getting really, really mad. The sense of frustration and powerlessness can be overwhelming at times, leaving one in a deep and dark funk. But that’s what led local real estate agent Ro Mayer to decide there was something she could do: she’d stage a New Orleans second line protest parade. Hence was born the Krewe of Dead Pelicans.
A ‘krewe’ usually refers to a Carnival (Mardi Gras) organization. This one was organized a little quicker and looser, all starting with a Facebook page. Mayer put the idea up on her FB wall and before she knew it, she had a protest krewe with over 4000 FB members!
The parade was held Saturday night in the New Orleans arts district, winding for several blocks through the area and ending up on the steps of historic Gallier Hall, New Orleans’ former City Hall. About 300 or so people showed up to march.
In addition to traditional New Orleans funeral dirges and chants of ‘Stop the Oil, Save the Gulf!’, Mayer made a point of remembering the 11 workers killed on the oil rig when it blew up with 11 minutes of silence.
It was a typical steamy, humid, New Orleans June evening. Everybody was sweating through their clothes, but nobody was complaining…it just felt good to be doing something!
Here are some photos from the event.
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Related articles on the web:
John Mesnzer’s Youtube video on the march
Ro Mayer, founder of the Krewe of Dead Pelicans at Nola.com
Doug McCash’s video on the march at Nola.com
Slideshow of Michael DeMocker photos at Nola.com