Scenes at the Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home before the Second Line and Procession began...
Council Chief Alfred Doucette, Mardi Gras Indian, was near the head of the procession all day. "Wear 'em out, Uncle Lionel," he shouted as the "Going Home" procession passed the Candlelight Lounge on North Robertson (see video4, next post).
Herbert McCarver, leader of the Pin Stripe Brass Band with Norman L Thomasine, Zulu Grand Marshal, photographed by local photographers Girard Mouton III and Wendy Good.
Reverend Goat Carson holding buzzard's wing, in Cherokee tradition a healing and blessing artifact; Reverend Carson with Roselyn Lionheart of Mo'Lasses: New Orleans Mostly Women's Brass Band.
Assistant Pastor Aubrey Wallace of Heavenly Star Baptist Missionary Church of New Orleans (blue Tshirt photo left) introduced me to several people, showed me where to stand for good photos, is another example of how friendly and engaging people are here. He introduced me to Big Chief Keito, Seminole Mardi Gras Indian from the Lower 9th ward.
“The drum beat has no color, this is a home-going celebration, Uncle Lionel may have been insignificant to some but to us he was revered. Tragedy unifies us. If we get this flavor in America, we will be a nonstop people," Aubrey Wallace says.
(Photo R) Musician John Zatoes from Houston holding the sign with Norman Thomasine (right)
TeeEva (photo left center) one of the Baby Dolls in 2005 when Ernie K-Doe's wife Antoinette asked her to join after Ernie died, had been a back up singer with him before that; cooling off at the Snow Ball stand before the procession.
Kermit Ruffins (photo right, in tan cap)
Ready for sun, rain, and good for twirling in a second line procession.