From The Book: “What Is Treme?”, a Facebook friend asks
To be honest, I didn’t know where Treme was until I was in 5th grade. I grew up in the St. Bernard Project. the only time I’ve been in or around Treme was during Mardi Gras. or going on school field trips in the area to the Recreation center or Museum there. and it’s still like that today. I only go in Treme when i have a reason to be back there.
But man, I’ve learned about the historical Value of Treme long before High School. There was a Documentary about the musicians from the Treme area and how many followed in the footsteps of the late Great Louis Armstrong as as well as Entertainers alike.
Although the neighborhood has alot of criminal activity now It’ll never overshadow its great history. Treme is a well appreciated landmark for tourist to explore and for locals to love. This goes way back in to slavery…. Without Treme there would be no Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park or Jazz Fest.
These are the things you can’t learn from books. You have to listen to the elders who lived there in the 40’s and 50’s.
Other local reviews are here and here. The latter review by local blogger Cliff gives this bit of dialogue to Lambreaux’s friend once he sees Lambreaux in full Mardi Gras Indian regalia at night after curfew:
“ Man…what the F#$k are you doing walking around looking like Big Bird on this dark ass street? …. <<>> ….Get your crazy ass inside before the National Guard come by and shoots all our asses. You done loss your rabbit ass mind out here acting like a one man parade. Hey Bay, I’ll be back. I’m going around here with Albert crazy ass and help him with the bar before we all get locked up.”
Calling David Simon…you’ve overlooked a scriptwriter. This was what needed to accompany the OHMYGOD look the man gave to Lambreaux when he showed up in his suit.