In an attempt to squeeze every minute out of one of our last pre-baby weekends, I prepared an itinerary of fun Saturday activities. We would wake up early and head to Cafe du Monde for coffee and donuts. Then we'd walk over to Anthropologie to pick up a few hostess gifts. Then we'd go to Orient Expressed to cash in a groupon we had. Finally, we'd pass by the pumpkin patch in Claiborne and Jefferson to pick up a few festive porch decorations.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the
In a first step to embracing the positive side of the unplanned, we chose the latter. And what we discovered was a beautiful experience that I believe can only exist in a place as special as New Orleans. The second installment of abstract art exhibits throughout the city, Prospect.2, kicked off on Saturday with a unique concert experience. Five 50 member marching bands were staged at different locations in the Marigny. Each had been taught the same composition by R. Luke DuBois. At 11:30 exactly each band began to march toward Washington Square Park playing the composition. The drum majors kept the beat with the other four drum majors by listening to rhythmical clicks of a walkie talkie. Each band met at the park and continued to play the piece in complete harmony.
We followed McMain's band and second lined with a collection of Auburn fans, locals, and a pair of tourists from Australia. When we arrived at the park and heard the beautiful sound these five bands made as they came together, we were truly moved. It was such a unique and incredible experience, and it was one we would have missed had we not veered from the plan I had put together. It was one of those days where you thought to yourself "only in New Orleans." To think we almost missed it...