You may or may not have heard, but the Preservation Hall Band, along with Win Butler and Regine Chassange of Arcade Fire have put together a new Krewe, specifically to celebrate the Haitain culture and the influence it's had on countless musicians and artists worldwide, but especially here in New Orleans. As you can imagine, New Orleans and Haiti have a lot in common...Win Butler even described New Orleans as "Haiti with Whole Foods" and he's not far off. Trump probably considers both "shitholes", and that's fine with me.
In typical New Orleans fashion, it was a true celebration. Anytime people from different walks of life come together to play music, dance, and just have a good time, it's a special thing. And in New Orleans that happens a lot. This was the first ever Krewe du Kanaval, and I didn't quite know what to expect. I should have. Because no matter how many times I've seen something similar, I'm always left knowing exactly what it is that makes this city so special. It's the people, plain and simple. Always has been and always will be. The people here are special. We love to celebrate life, for really no reason at all. If you don't believe me just look at these photos and ask yourself, does anyone look unhappy?
A big thank you to Preservation Hall and Win and Regine. This was an amazing first run and I have no doubt it will only grow exponentially from here. Proud to say I was at the first one!
Check out their website here and listen to their new song for the occasion!
Enjoy the photos!
See ya'll next year.