The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is challenging dancers to step it up for 12 straight hours in an inaugural Dance-A-Thon to raise funds for environmental causes. Individuals, couples or teams can sign up and collect pledges for each hour they dance. To help participants through the marathon, there will be live music by the Stooges Brass Band, DJs spinning tunes and lessons in salsa, second line, Cajun and Brazilian dancing. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, most money raised and best dance moves. Prizes include a WWOZ Brass Pass for access to the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a nonprofit environmental group, which installs Environmental Protection Agency-approved "buckets" at spots near industrial facilities to detect airborne toxins. The group also organizes communities around local environmental hazards and issues.
Adult dancers must raise at least $45 from sponsor pledges to participate, and kids 12 and under must raise at least $30. Suggested donation to attend the event is $10, but only pledge participants are eligible for prizes and promotional incentives. For more information, visit www.labbdanceathon.com. To learn more about Louisiana Bucket Brigade, visit www.labucketbrigade.org. — MATTHEW HOSE