Baby Dolls and Original Wild Tchoupitoulas Big Queen Mary Kay Stevenson, wearing black T-shirt, celebrated Juneteenth on Bayou Road in the 7th Ward in New Orleans, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Juneteenth celebrates when the Union army reached Texas, the most distant slave state, on June 19, 1865 and read aloud federal orders enforcing Abraham LincolnÕs Emancipation Proclamation from 1862, after the Civil War had ended. According to Kim Vaz-Deville, a dean at Xavier University, the African-American Baby Doll tradition began in 1912 in Storyville during the Jim Crow era. Back then even the red-light districts of Storyville were segregated. In competition with white red-light district, the black district women dressed up as Baby Dolls during Mardi Gras. At the time women, especially black women, didnÕt go out and mask and parade so the Baby Dolls were a symbol of defiance and empowerment. It wasnÕt until 1920 that women had the right to vote. After Storyville closed in 1917, the tradition has continued as a symbol of African-American and WomenÕs empowerment. Photos by @MattHintonPhoto for @VeryLocalNOLA
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Your COVID vaccine could win you $1 million 🤑

Here are some headlines from the weekend you may have missed.

by Mary Staes | June 21, 2021

Here are some headlines from the weekend you may have missed.

Louisiana launches ‘Shot At A Million’ vaccine incentive

You have a chance to win a million dollars, just by just getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state is giving away $2.3 million in cash and scholarships as part of the Shot At A Million incentive for anyone who registers in the drawing with at least one vaccine. Four adults aged 18 or older will reportedly win $100,000, while nine children between the ages of 12-18 will win $100,000 in scholarships. One grand prize winner will get the $1 million prize. Registration runs from June 21 until July 31.
📰 WDSU | WWLTV

Tropical Storm Claudette causes severe flooding, damage across Gulf Coast

While New Orleans missed the majority of heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Claudette, the storm dumped nine inches of rain in Slidell Friday night. Monday the storm reached the coast of the Carolinas and has killed 13 people, including eight children who died in a highway crash Saturday in Alabama.
📰 WDSU | WWLTV

Second lines return to New Orleans

Thousands of people filled the streets Sunday afternoon for the first city-permitted second line since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Dancers, performers and onlookers shuffled from Lasalle Street to Jackson Avenue, marking more than a month since Mayor LaToya Cantrell eased virus-related restrictions on dancing and parades.
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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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