I thought the lady wearing a little paper note that said “Free Hugs” looked familiar. Here she is yesterday at Satchmo SummerFest:

Here she is at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2010, dancing around the ceremonial watermelon at the Fais Do Do stage:

And here she is again at the Fais Do Do stage in 2009:

You know what I’m going to do the next time I see her? Get my free hug.

Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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