610 Stompers share passion for dance during Carnival

Photo provided by 610 Stompers -- Brett Patron
Photo provided by 610 Stompers -- Brett Patron

This time of year it can be difficult to get ahold of Brett Patron, founder and leader of the men’s marching group the 610 Stompers. That’s because he’s often dancing in the streets and can’t hear his phone. Nevertheless, he took a moment to answer a few questions about the transcendent awesomeness of dancing through Carnival in 1980s splendor. Catch the “ordinary men with extraordinary moves” in the following Uptown parades: Krewe of Nyx, Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Muses, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m.; Thoth, Feb. 19 at noon; and Orpheus, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Hi Brett! Where did the idea of the 610 Stompers come from?

The idea of ordinary men dancing in public and drawing the attention of women, children and their peers is as old and common as eating bread and drinking water. The fact that it is no longer very common to see ordinary men dancing in public is why the 610 Stompers were born.

Explain the outfit, if you dare.

Many of our original members grew up in the 1980s. Coaching shorts, tank tops and knee-high socks reminded us of our dads or coaches back in that day. These men embodied ordinary men in our minds. Throw on a red satin jacket and you have ordinary men with extraordinary moves.

What do you love most about being a Stomper?

This would be a tie between the complete state of bliss that I feel during that perfect moment of dance and the smiles I see on our fans’ faces as we perform.

What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you during a march?

When a random woman asked for the dripping wet sweatband off of my head.

Those mustaches! Are they real?

Only real mustaches are allowed in the Stompers. Let men be men!

And... who do you like in the Super Bowl?

I don’t “like” either team. I’m a Saints fan through and through, so I’ll just root for a fun game to watch.