Monday, Sep 27, 12-1:15 PM

Author Event! Judy Cooper, “Dancing in the Streets”

East Bank Regional Library
Getting there
4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA

When: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Where: East Bank Regional Library Judy Cooper, a well-known photographer living and working in New Orleans, will discuss her new book, "Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans," at 12 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, via video conference online. Visit for more details, including how to join the discussion. The "greatest real-life free show on earth." "Church for dancers." "Four hours of therapy." These are ways people have described the unmistakable spectacle and energy of second line parades. Put on by New Orleans's network of social aid and pleasure clubs, the parades have become part of the lifeblood of the city, providing a physical and symbolic gathering place for Black history and expression. Dancing in the Streets combines archival photography with the work of 10 contemporary second line photographers to present a comprehensive survey of every social aid and pleasure club on the scene today. Essays explore the evolution of the parades from their roots in post–Civil War Black mutual aid societies; their ties to Black performance practices in Congo Square; the artistry and style of the clubs' suits and regalia; and the brass bands and dance forms that bring the parades to life. An epilogue presents club leaders in conversation about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social aid and pleasure club community. This timely addition works in concert with the historical material and images to depict a powerful tradition forged from hardship and creativity, one that shows no sign of stopping. Judy Cooper is a photographer living and working in New Orleans. She has presented solo shows in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Kaunas, Lithuania. A major exhibition of her work, Living Color: Photographs by Judy Cooper, was shown at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2008. For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or