After postponing their annual Labor Day parade this year due to Tropical Storm Lee/Hurricane Lee, the Black Men of Labor held their second line this Saturday, October 29 in perfect weather.
The Black Men of Labor celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders with a ceremony to honor the riders and members of the New Orleans chapter of CORE, the civil rights organization that organized the ride. The New Orleans chapter is particularly notable for its four members—Cecil Carter, Oretha Castle, Lanny Goldfinch and Rudy Lombard—whose sit-in at McCrory’s five-and-dime on Canal Street in 1960 brought about the landmark Lombard v. Louisiana Supreme Court case.
The Young Traditional Jazz Brass Band played the second line with members of the Treme Brass Band. The ceremony and start of the parade took place at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club, and wound its way through Treme and the Seventh Ward along N. Rampart, Esplanade, N. Claiborne, and St. Bernard before returning to Sweet Lorraine’s.
All photos were taken by Kim Welsh.