Sunday, December 10, 2006

Second lining with the Blanc et Noir Marching Society, Shreveport's newest krewe; meeting Thur, Dec 14, 4 pm, Festival Plaza

Second lining
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

If you'd like to join Shreveport's newest krewe, the Blanc et Noir Marching Society, you are invited to join us - in costume - at 4 pm on Thurs, Dec 14, at Festival Plaza.

There you will learn more about the New Orleans tradition of hiring a brass band and assembling a group of marchers around it. Marching krewes don't use floats. They do the second line around a marching band and may precede a parade, be part of a parade or establish their own parade.

Their costumes may be uniform or independently colorful. They may give throws to their favorites in the crowd or not. The main thing is to strut and entertain people by employing a brass band.

Dues are $25. You will recieve a copy of How To Mardi Gras, authored by the founder of Blanc et Noir, and a document attesting to charter member status.

The super generous may join at the Louis Quatorze level; their fee is $100. All monies are earmarked for 2 items: paying the band and constructing the club banner.

Please respond! That's or 318-861-6809.

Our principal job is to second line ahead of the Krewe of Highland Parade, Shreveport, on Sun, Feb 18. There will several meetings in Jan and Feb as we ready for the parade.

There's actually a year-round need for a marching society in this Carnival-infected city. We will have many choices to make in regards when and where we party and strut.

Allons danser!

Robert Trudeau


Robert E Trudeau said...

Maybe you're thinking, I'd like to go but there's no way I can do a costume. If so, improvise. Get a giant pink boa and an antique hat. Guys, pop on a tux or black suit and scarf.

Masks? I will bring plenty of black and white face paint. You don't have to put on much of the face paint for the effect to work.

Let's put the emphasis on improvisation and the second line.

Robert E Trudeau said...

Bringing umbrellas, too.

If you want to pick up some Mardi Gras stuff I highly recommend Tubb's Hardware, Benton Rd across from the Bossier Civic Center.