Sunday, May 30, 2010
Dancing on the Second Line
If music and dance are what makes your life worth living, New Orleans, even after the flood is where you might belong. Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs have a long history in New Orleans and the second lines that go on today are part of that long history of mutual aid with an eye towards enjoying what of your life is left to be lived. There's plenty to eat and drink and the dancing knows no bounds. People jump up on the porches of houses along the way, take new partners at every chance and just keep on going. The NOPD comes along for the ride but seems to take a liberal stance with respect to what goes on so long as everyone stays in the line, more or less.