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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Pinettes Brass Band performs in between Indian practice sets at Handa Wanda’s.
The Pinettes Brass Band performs in between Indian practice sets at Handa Wanda’s.
Men of Class Social Aid and Pleasure Club held its annual second-line parade Sunday, October 19.
Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Club held its annual second-line parade Sunday, October 19.
Jumping Johnny Sansone closes  the show Sunday at the Blues and Bar-B-Q Festival held at Lafayette Square.
Jumping Johnny Sansone closes the show Sunday at the Blues and Bar-B-Q Festival held at Lafayette Square.
Master drummers young and old carrying on the tradition.
Master drummers young and old carrying on the tradition.
Boudin man and master drummer Larry Boudreaux outside Handa Wanda’s
Boudin man and master drummer Larry Boudreaux outside Handa Wanda’s.

About Town with A.J., the Boudin Man

Sunday, October 19

Another busy weekend with too many choices.

Since the weather was too beautiful to watch the Saints on TV, I decided to start the day off with the Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Club annual second-line parade.

I rolled with them 'till the second stop, and after a pork chop sandwich (with the bone) from Mr. Lester, I decided to head to Lafayette Square for the Blues and Bar-B-Q Festival.

This was the third year of the festival being held in Lafayette Square on Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. I got there in time to catch Jumping Johnny Sansone and his band performing the last set of the day. Johnny started out playing guitar before switching to accordion and harmonica. This was the first time I have seen him play the guitar. A good crowd was still there, though the bar-b-q was all gone.

I then headed to Handa Wanda on Second and Dryades street to check out the Unified Indian Practice.

The Unified Indian Practices are being held on Sundays at Handa Wanda’s at 2425 Dryades Street at 8:30 p.m. and at the YIA Café at 2401 Danneel Street on the corner of First and Danneel Streets at 5:30. They should continue on 'till Mardi Gras Day, which is only just over four months away!

For more information on second lines and Mardi Gras Indians, check out the Backstreet Cultural Museum website.

Stay tuned! Next week I’m off to the Voodoo Music Experience!

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