Super Sunday in New Orleans

Scott Chernis
Mar 17, 2015 · 3 min read

“I’m not sure, but I’m almost positive, all music came from New Orleans.”

-Ernie K-Doe

Those words adorn the roofline of Kermit Ruffins’ Mother in Law Lounge in New Orleans’ famed Treme neighborhood. The quotation attributed to Ernie K-Doe, the R&B singer best known for his 1961 hit “Mother–in-Law” and original proprietor of the Mother in Law Lounge on N. Claiborne Avenue which closed down after suffering severe damage during Hurricane Katrina. There is a certain truth to the phrase and it is evident throughout the city, if you know where to look for it.

Wild Tchoupitoulas’ Wild Man gets the party started on Washington Street
Young Mardi Gras Indian girl with drum on 3rd st at Freret

Maybe it’s the water.

The Mississippi is an ever-present force shaping the landscape and the history of New Orleans. Surrounded by water on all sides with The River, The Gulf and The Lake creating isolation and providing opportunity at the same time. The influences are myriad and the evolution is ongoing. Moving forward at a steady pace New Orleans is a living embodiment of a rich cultural past.

A family affair in the middle of Washing ton Street
Big Chief Spoon walks past truck selling Turkey Necks, Hot Crawfish, Pigs Feet and more
The Big Chief hands down feathered headdresses to members of his family and Krewe
Lil Queen at washington and S. Saratoga Street
S. Saratoga Street
Big Chief
Getting ready in front of Kipp Central Academy
Young Mardi Gras Indian getting dressed by her uncle
Face paint is an important part of the costume
S. Saratoga Street