Interview date: 5.17.18
Local film critic, Alfred Richard, wears many hats in the city, but none is as meaningful as Richardâ€™s membership in the 610 Stompers. Each member of this unique â€śmarchingâ€ť group chooses a nickname for himself. Eight years ago, when Richard joined the group, he was the first person of color in the Stompers. According to Richard, he wanted to choose a â€śsubtle nameâ€ť; hence, â€śChocolate Thunderâ€ť was born. While the groupâ€™s slogan is â€śOrdinary men with extraordinary movesâ€ť, Richard and his fellow Stompers are anything but ordinary. In this podcast interview, Chocolate Thunder explains the audition process and describes the groupâ€™s rigorous practice and performance schedules. Where else but in New Orleans could a group of dancing men in red jackets, blue shorts, and gold shoes delight crowds?
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