Hey everyone! The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, in partnership with other groups, has orchestrated a parade this Saturday, June 1st at 5 PM. Participants will march from the Holy Angels Convent on St. Claude to the levee, and the majority of people will be drummers and brass musicians! It's like a drumming second line, so I think we should be a part of it. The Bucket Brigade is a non-profit organization that fights oil refinery pollution and its encroachment into neighborhoods. They are holding Storm Fest to raise awareness of the fact that most refinery accidents happen during hurricane season.
Below is the event schedule. You are invited to bring your drum; however, if you don't have one, you can make one between 1 and 5 PM at the same location. Then at 5 PM, we start marching.
You can check out WWOZ's listing here: http://d3hkwlmamh2crp.cloudfront.net/events/219306
and here: http://www.goodchildrencarnivalclub.org/stormfest.html
Drum, Dance and Puppeteer with us at StormFest on June 1!
12-5 pm at Holy Angels, 3500 St. Claude Avenue. Films, activities and lots of information on preparedness.
1-5 pm Drum making and Drum Practice. We supply the buckets and sticks! Make a drum! We'll also have our giant storm parachute to play with.
Parade at 5 pm. We will march to the levee with the fierce and fantastic horns of the GoodChildren Band for Horns Against the Hurricanes, a ritual since 2007!
Why this is important! June 1 is the start of hurricane season. While most of us do what we need to do to be prepared, the oil refineries don't! Often the worst spills and accidents happen during storms because refineries avoid shutting down properly in advance so that they can squeeze every last penny out. Let's send them that message to stop being "that guy" on the street -- you know, the jerk doesn't put his patio furniture and garbage can away when a hurricane is coming and wrecks the entire place.