Pre-Katrina, pre-2000s New Orleans culture comes to life in this parody of the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Sadly, practically everything in this video is gone or changed drastically. Most of the businesses, if I’m not mistaken, had disappeared or were sold before my family even moved out of Louisiana in 2000.
Sorry for the mediocre audio/video quality, but the tape is well past its prime as its last recorded program—this sketch—was recorded no later than December 1995 or ’96.
The only thing missing from this is the few opening words—”On the first day of Christmas, my mawmaw gave to me a crawfish they caught…”—but I think the video makes up for it with a nice little surprise at the end.
Duration : 0:3:40
Gary US Bonds performing “New Orleans”
Duration : 0:3:12
The legendary clarinetist Pete Fountain performs with cornetist Connie Jones’ French Quarter Festival All-Stars. Also, Otis Bazoon on sax, Tim Laughlin on clarinet, Rick Trolsen on trombone, David Boeddinghaus on piano, Bryan Barberot on drums. I forget the bassist’s name. Intro by Ronnie Kole. The opening tune is “Clarinet Marmalade”, with “St. Louis Blues” in the second part. What a way to kick off French Quarter Fest 2009!
Duration : 0:8:49
Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It’s Fat Tuesday — the last day of Mardi Gras — and everyone in the French Quarter dresses up.
Duration : 0:3:35