First they came for the closing of certain music venues, and I said nothing because I no longer run a music venue.
Then they came for the second lines, and I said almost nothing because I don’t live in New Orleans and don’t second line often.
Now they’ve come for the go-cups, and there is no one left to speak for the go-cups because NOLA natives are fed up and are moving away.
If you haven’t kept up with the situation in one of America’s oldest cities that is doubtless the first music capitol in the nation, after Hurricane Katrina the area was flooded with a second scourge: nouveau riche and whinnying outsiders wanting to turn the city into an amalgam of every boring city they themselves have ever called home, taking advantage of wrecked properties to turn into cash cows.
New Orleans Mardi Gras in 1938. [Original image here.]
New Orleans’ War on Music — Neither Big Nor Easy by my friend Michael Patrick Welch should get you up to speed.
In this Where Y’at column by Anne Berry she gives you a taste of the cold truth about daiquiris and other go-cup drinks in the Bywater — now banned. The whole schtick New Orleans has going for it is the Big Easy & Keep It Sleazy thing and frankly being able to take a walk (notice: WALK, not drive) from venue to bar, establishment to restaurant is an indelible part of it. It is part of the city’s charm and caché.
Go on with it, go-cup! Sometimes called a “traveler” in other parts of the world. If it’s plastic it is all right. Right? Not anymore!
Now people who’ve moved to New Orleans after Katrina, ostensibly with some pitiable notions of helping the city out, are trying to homogenize it. Shame, shame on the city’s lawmakers and policy-shakers for letting this happen. Instead of absorbing the culture and climate, new residents are trying to make New Orleans like themselves.
Let New Orleans be New Orleans. For the love of all things boozy, they banned SECOND LINES without a permit?
This beautiful image is of a second line in New Orleans around 1950. It is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, an impulsive celebration for anyone to join or watch. [Original image here.]
Just know that Lafayette is on your side, big sister NOLA. That go-cup banned happened in our downtown — funny enough, it did NOT stop fights nor any other sort of crime and even funnier, the ban was only in certain areas where rich people do NOT live! Ain’t that just a coincidence!