The Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid and Pleasure Club will host a Father’s Day Second-Line today (June 18) at 4 p.m. to honor New Orleans dads past and present. The second-line will be headed by New Orleans rapper T-Lyons, also known as the Southern Soul Kid. Joining him on the front line is Shilo, an R&B singing group from Shreveport. The two acts recently signed distribution deals with the company, Music Matters. Providing the music for the second-line is Da Truth Brass Band.
Easter Sunday afternoon belongs to the Pigeon Town Steppers. The social aid and pleasure club will take it to the streets of Fountainbleu, Hollygrove, Leonidas (Pigeon Town) and Carrollton on Sunday (April 8) from 1 to 5 p.m.
Da Truth Brass Band and Sporty Brass Band will provide the soundtrack and inspiration for the dancers. The Steppers take a meandering path, leading followers through Uptown side streets. See the route below. “We go down the back streets on purpose because we want the older people who can’t follow the second-line to watch us,” club member Joe Henry said in 2020 interview conducted for The Neighborhood Story Project.
The Perfect Gentlemen and the Brasshoppers social aid and pleasure clubs will host a New Year’s Day second-line — while calling for an end to the violence in the city. Da Truth Brass Band will provide the soundtrack for the first second-line of 2023 on Sunday (Jan. 1). The second-line’s theme is “Help Us Save Us,” aimed at addressing the deadly violence that continues to rank New Orleans as one of the most murderous cities in America. Travis Lyons, with the Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid and Pleasure Club and one of the event’s lead organizers, offered his perspective: “I travel all over the country, and no matter where I go, New Orleans continues to make the national news for the murders and violence that occur here,” he said.
The Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Club will second-line through the Touro-Bouligny, Central City, Garden District and Irish Channel neighborhoods on Sunday (Oct. 9). Prince of Wales is one of the oldest social and pleasure clubs still parading in New Orleans. It was formed in 1928 by dock workers; its roots are in the Irish Channel and other Uptown neighborhoods along the river. “We bring the spirit,” Prince of Wales member Joe Stern told WWOZ.
NOPD officers have obtained an arrest warrant for Cecil Spencer, 38, in connection with a second-line parade that violated the mandates in place during the current public health crisis. The leader of the band playing during the gathering, tuba player Clifton Smith, was issued a summons for his participation in the event. On Saturday (March 28) around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to reports that a large gathering was taking place in the 3000 block of Audubon Street. A brass band band was playing and about 100 individuals were attending a funeral repast at the location, the NOPD said. Officers asked the event organizers to shut down the event, but they refused.
The VIP Ladies and Kids Social Aid & Pleasure Club will hold its 2020 second-line on Sunday in the Central City, Lower Garden District, Garden District and Milan neighborhoods. The theme is DENIM, for Deconstruction, Elevation, Naturalistic, Indigo, Motivation. The event flier names three brass bands: Big Six, Da Truth and Sporty’s. The second-line will kick off at 12:30 p.m. from the Neutral Ground Bar and Grill on Clio Street and disband at about 4:30 p.m. at Tapps II on Rocheblave Street. The route is below.
The Ladies & Men of Unity will second-line Sunday (Jan. 26) through the Central City, Hoffman Triangle and Broadmoor neighborhoods. The procession will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., beginning and ending at Sportsman’s Corner in Central City. Traffic will be restricted along the route below. Expect road closures and traffic delays during the event.
The Lady and Men Rollers Social Aid and Pleasure Club is holding its annual second-line on Sunday afternoon. The parade will feature The Truth Brass Band. The club, headed by Linda “The YakaMein Lady” Green, will second-line from 1 to 5 p.m. Lineup is at 12:45 p.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Washington. Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring the area for illegal parking.
The New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Club is holding its annual second-line today, Dec. 8. from noon to 4 p.m. The parade features the Hot 8 Brass Band. Streets in Central City, Hoffman Triangle and Broadmoor will be impacted. Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring the area for illegal parking.
The Original New Orleans Lady & Men Buckjumpers second-line, one of the season’s most popular, is happening this Sunday. The social aid and pleasure clubs’ members will line up at 11:30 a.m. at Verret’s Lounge, 1738 Washington Ave., and the parade will begin at noon. It will travel the Central City, Milan, Broadmoor, Gert Town, Marlyville and Fontainbleu neighborhoods. The parade will disband at 5 p.m.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring the area. Call 504-658-8100 to report illegal parking. Traffic will be restricted in all affected neighborhoods along the route below.