PHOTOS: Marching krewes dance to get the blood flowing, literally

The krewes put on a show for donors to The Blood Center that is the primary supplier of blood, blood components and plasma derivatives to local hospitals throughout South Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.

by Matthew Hinton
August 19, 2019

The summertime is known as the slow season for many local industries, but for one, the slow season could mean life or death. That’s why every summer, the city’s favorite marching groups get together off the parade route to help the Blood Center get donations.

Members of the Lucha Krewe, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, NOLA Cherry Bombs, Muff-a-Lottas, Jailhouse Rockers, Mardi Gras Indians Collective, Pussy Footers, Organ Grinders, Crescent City Fae, Disco Amigos, and the Sirens of New Orleans, took part in the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Blood Drive, ‘Everyone Gets Lei’d: Part VI’ at the New Orleans Deutsches Haus on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

The krewes put on a show for donors to The Blood Center that is the primary supplier of blood, blood components and plasma derivatives to local hospitals throughout South Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. The Blood Center also holds donations every Tuesday for the Musicians’ Clinic at 1525 Louisiana Avenue.

Check out these pictures from the blood drive:

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer. Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.

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