Jan 292012

The Jefferson City Buzzards, New Orleans' oldest marching club, marches up Napoleon Avenue on Sunday afternoon for their annual practice parade. Formed in 1890, the club parades four times a year -- in drag for the practice parade, and in long, regal buzzard-emblazoned cloaks on Fat Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

John Pecarrere paints some "lipstick" and "eyeliner" on his face in a mirror at the Jefferson City Buzzard Hall on Annunciation Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kenny Meyer, president of the Jefferson City Buzzards, sells the club's memorabilia from behind the bar at the club's meeting hall. The club was formed by neighborhood men 10 years after the former Jefferson City was annexed by New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Members of the Buzzards toss beads to laughing Annunciation Street residents. In years past, the Buzzards marched in formation on Mardi Gras, creating the need for a practice parade. "Now, we all dress up in drag and go bar hopping, basically," Meyer said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Who says cigars aren't ladylike? (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tank, a long-haired chihuahua, serves as an accessory during the Buzzards' practice parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Amused motorcyclists on Magazine Street take a strand of beads from a passing Buzzard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Passers-by on Magazine Street receive a kiss and a flower from the marching Buzzards. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jena Street residents watch from above as the Buzzards march pass. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine Street was one of several stops on the Buzzards' route. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Led by Grand Marshal Karl Asher, the Buzzards stroll down Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Colorful hair, makeup, jewelry, dresses and sometimes even cleavage made up the Buzzards' costumes for the practice parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kenny Meyer and Karl Asher stop the beer table set up outside Henry's bar on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

One of the Buzzards strikes a pose for a young admirer on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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  4 Responses to “Jefferson City Buzzards practice parade”

  1. It takes a man secure in his self image to wear a dress!

  2. Hey Fellow Buzzards!!
    Missed the practice parade this year because I am on the ship in dry dock in Hull, England but I will be there for MG Day


  3. U make me homesick. My brother (Kenny) and nephew (Kenneth) must get their flair for fashion from their Sis

  4. The babe smokin’ the stogie is the most fetching!
    Gotta love those buzzards

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