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NOLA #2: Wedding, Second Line

New Orleans is an old city with a lot of traditions, one of which is the Second Line parade. In this case it was for a wedding. The parade usually goes from the ceremony to the reception, through the nearby streets. The First Line is a brass band and the happy couple, each of whom are swinging parasols. The second line is the rest of the wedding guests, walk-dancing to the music and often waving white handkerchiefs. In this case, first and second lines have arrived at the reception in the tourist-infested French Quarter and these are the final dance steps. If you’ve seen the HBO series Treme, you’ll know that a Second Line also works for funerals.

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New Orleans, #1

Sunday morning, New Orleans. I have no idea why this guy was carrying a briefcase early on a sunny Sunday morning, but he was heading for the riverfront (that’s a shipping crane in the distance on the other side of the river). When he got there he sat on a bench in the sun and watched the Mississippi and the strollers and joggers roll by. NOLA, Nawlins, The Big Easy, call it what you want, but it’s a slice of America you should experience. Great people, music, food and traditions. And excellent light. (Well, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street are overrun by tourists, but you can manage the crowds by choosing your time of day and steering clear.)

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