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2022-10-08 17:13:04 By : Ms. kelly Huang

Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s Laissez Boys-style wedding-day second line parade

Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s Laissez Boys-style wedding-day second line parade

View from a rolling recliner, during Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s Laissez Boys-style wedding-day second line parade

Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s Laissez Boys-style wedding-day second line parade

Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin's wedding-day second-line parade was more relaxed than most. The newlyweds led the procession riding in comfy, motorized reclining chairs provided by members of the Laissez Boys parading club.

After the big day, “I needed to get off of my feet,” the bride said, recalling the relief.

Attendees of New Orleans Carnival parades are probably familiar with the Laissez Boys. For a decade, the convoy of rolling easy chairs — complete with reading lamps, cigar ashtrays, brandy snifter or beer can receptacles and such — have provoked curbside smiles.

The Laissez Boys title is a marriage of the La-Z-Boy recliner brand name and the perennial Cajun advice: laissez les bons temps rouler.  Riders typically wear smoking jackets or other slothful attire.

So how did the Millers, who met online, end up lounging into married life a la Laissez Boys?

What made Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s wedding day second line parade so special was that the newlyweds led the procession riding in motorized recliners provided by members of the Laissez Boys club. For a decade, the squadron of rolling easy chairs – complete with reading lamps and end tables, etc. -- have been a smile-provoking feature of New Orleans Carnival parades. Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’all.

Chantale, 30, spent much of her childhood in the Lakeview neighborhood before her father’s profession as hotel manager prompted the family to move off to Atlanta. When it was time to plan her wedding, Chantale and her future hubby agreed to tie the knot in her old hometown.

Joel Waltzer, a family friend from the old neighborhood, had himself ordained as a non-denominational minister in order to preside over the ceremony. Waltzer — who’d moved to Audubon Boulevard near Tulane University’s football stadium — lent his home for the ceremony and reception.

This being New Orleans, a brass band was hired to lead a second-line parade around the neighborhood after the nuptials.

Waltzer, and another former Lakeview neighbor, Tad Breaux, were longtime members of the Laissez Boys, so adding pair of rolling recliners to bear the bride and groom during the parade was only natural. A few other members of the club drove their mobile, leather thrones during the procession as well.

Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s Laissez Boys-style wedding-day second line parade

The newly minted Mrs. Miller, who is an architect, said that her motorized chair was “a little twitchy to steer,” but she and husband Daniel, an engineer, managed to navigate the route up and down Audubon Boulevard just fine.

Though Chantale’s father hails from Switzerland and her mom is Canadian, they’d lived in New Orleans and understood the street parade traditions. Daniel's Atlanta family may have been a bit nonplussed at first, but "they did great," Chantale said.

As the Millers’ Oct. 1 parade rambled along Audubon Boulevard, it passed another house party. As per local custom, some of the partiers piled out to wave handkerchiefs and otherwise cheer the recumbent newlyweds.

View from a rolling recliner, during Daniel Miller and Chantale Martin Miller’s Laissez Boys-style wedding-day second line parade

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