Chocolate Thunder and the 610 Stompers
Local film critic, Alfred Richard, wears many hats in the city, but none is as meaningful as Richard’s membership in the 610 Stompers. Each member of this unique “marching” 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 “subtle name;” hence, “Chocolate Thunder” was born. While the group’s slogan is “Ordinary men with extraordinary moves,” Richard and his fellow Stompers are anything but ordinary. In this podcast interview, Chocolate Thunder explains the audition process and describes the group’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?