The Whirl: Oakwood Samedi Gras

On February 26, the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood observed its annual Samedi Gras celebration. Themed A Menagerie of Mythical Beasts, the block party was headlined by the Awesomettes and Oakwood’s 2nd Line Band, and included the coronation of the King Leonidas XI and this year’s Imperial Empress, followed by a parade.

Front row: Jackie Twisdale, Terry Harper, Jean Johnson, Ann Robertson, Boo Reynolds, Mary Lovelock, Arlene Sanders
Second row: Sabra Taylor, Sharon O’Neill, Naudain Machen, Lee Ann Walsh, Terri Becom, Doris Jurkewicz, Barbara Wishy
Back row: Karen Still, Dee Penven-Crew, Carol DeVita
Charity Lail, Matt Lail
Chris Crew
The Oakwood Second Line
Matthew Brown, Barry Kitchener

This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of WALTER Magazine.