Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Interview: Ronald W. Lewis

Thu, 08/15/19
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson talks with Ronald W. Lewis, founder of the Original Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club, and director of the House of Dance & Feathers in the Lower 9th Ward. Lewis shares his experiences masking in the 1980s and 1990s, wha... Read more

Avenue Steppers: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 08/04/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Avenue Steppers Marching Club in 1987. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz Fest 5... Read more

Young Men Olympians: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 07/31/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Young Men Olympians in the early 2000s. Photo by Ice Cube Slim, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz Fe... Read more

Interview with Ben "Da Grill Man" Smith

Tue, 07/23/19
Hear the interview with Ben "Da Grill Man" Smith as he sits down and talks with WWOZ's Action Jackson about parades in the 1960s, the Jolly Bunch, what's on the grill, the seasonal nature of his business, his idea for including the second line community in the national even... Read more

Family Ties: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 07/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Family Ties parade at the Fairgrounds in 2005. Photo by Leon Morris. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz Fest 50 page, all year long to see them, plus more c... Read more

Westbank Steppers with Paulin Brothers Brass Band: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 03/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Westbank Steppers with the Paulin Brothers Brass Band in the 1990s or early 2000s. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience.... Read more

New library exhibit: Queens, Baby Dolls, and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Sun, 12/31/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new exhibition of photographs and ceremonial attire of women who participate in the community-based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll, and Social Aid & Pleasure Club traditions will be on display at the Main Library Branch (219 Loyola Ave) from Jan... Read more

5 things to know for 3/3-3/9

Fri, 03/03/17
1) Mardi Gras is over (check out the photo highlights) and we're quickly heading towards festival season! YLC's Wednesday at the Square announced their lineup last week. Irma Thomas will open this free weekly concert series at Lafayette Square on March 15. French Quarter Fe... Read more

Video: CTC Steppers Second Line Parade

Thu, 03/02/17
The C.T.C. Steppers hit the streets for their annual second line parade on February 12, 2017 and WWOZ was on hand to capture the scene. Check out these highlights from the club and Da Truth Brass Band as they make their way down St. Claude Avenue.  Read more

Prince of Wales Second Line Parade

Tue, 09/13/16
Prince of Wales 88th Annual Second Line Sunday, October 09, 2016 –1:00 PM Ain’t it great to be 88!   Queen Terry Scott  Guests: Lady Divas, Sisters of Strength, 2015 Queen C. Carmouche    Start:. Carmouche’s Rock Bottom Lounge 3801 Tchoupitoulas. Back Peniston to Annu... Read more

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