by Red Cotton
The Saints parade is so two weeks ago. You need to stand up and get crunk at tomorrows parade: THE TREME SIDEWALK STEPPERS (route below). TSS gets my nomination for best parade of the year. Their noteworthy accomplishments include the having the hypest brass band performances of the second line season, working tailor-made leather suits like no other ghetto superstar can, yawning at awe-struck paraders and throwing them the dont try this at home side-eye while dancing with fairy feet afire and tumbling head first under bridges and over potholes, and finishing off with the most FIYAH! finale in the history of second lines - TSS president Charlie Brown climbing atop the roof of Sydneys Saloon and shredding his $2,000+ suit with a razor blade, making soft leather raindrops shower over the crowd. Basically they provide more entertainment in one parade than all the music award shows on TV in the month of January. This commendation is well-earned.
You need not take my word for it though - check out these clips of last years parade and see for yourself. Seriously, watching these clips make me wanna grab a trumpet and a blunt, hit it and split it with one of the groupies outside the Blue Nile, then run up to the set of David Simons HBO show Treme and school those extras on how to sing the second line neighborhood anthem: 6th WARD! 7th WARD, 8th WARD, 9th WARD - THATS DOWNTOWN!
TREME SIDEWALK STEPPERS ANNUAL PARADE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2010 12noon to 4pm
(Note from Sylvester Frances, Backstreet Cultural Center curator): This is last year's route sorry, they didn't provide a sheet for this Sunday's parade. The Sidewalk Steppers are definitely rolling and begin as shown at the African American Museum and end at Sidney's Saloon on St. Bernard Avenue. We presume the route will be similar if not the same.
Start: African American Museum, 1418 Gov. Nicholls. Out Gov. Nicholls St. to N. Villere St. Left on N. Villere St. To Basin St. Right on Basin St. Continue to N. Broad St. Right on N. Broad St.
Stop: Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 732 N. Broad St. Out N. Broad St. to Laharpe St.
Stop: The Avenue Barbershop, 1555 N. Broad St. Out N. Broad St. to A.P. Tureaud Ave. Right on A.P. Tureaud Ave. to N. Tonti St.
Stop: All About U Salon, 2331 A.P. Tureaud Ave. Out A.P. Tureaud to St. Bernard Ave. Left on St. Bernard Ave. to N. Claiborne Ave. Right on Claiborne Ave. to St. Philip St. U-Turn on St. Philip to N. Claiborne Ave.
Stop: Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home Toast King & Queen. Out N. Claiborne Ave. to St. Bernard Ave. Right on St. Bernard Ave. to St. Claude Ave.
Disband: Sidneys Saloon