Photo diary: Red Bull Street Kings 2013

Four bands blew harder than ever before at the weekend to become kings (or queens) of the Big Easy.
By Chris Parkin
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Red Bull Street Kings get ready for battle
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
Red Bull Street Kings get ready for battle Band members limber up ahead of the event under Claiborne Bridge in the Tremé neighbourhood of New Orleans. More than 7,000 fans were there for the big blowout. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
Feeling horny at Red Bull Street Kings
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
Feeling horny at Red Bull Street Kings New Breed Brass Band's sousaphone player blows hard as the competition gets under way. © Marv Watson/Red Bull Content Pool
New Breed Band get a shake on
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
New Breed Band get a shake on The New Breed Brass Band and their fellow finalists, the TBC, New Creation and Original Pinettes brass bands, had to impress a judging panel with their musical selection, performance, showmanship and presentation. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
TBC Brass Band blowing hard
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
TBC Brass Band blowing hard The TBC Brass Band were finalists once again after appearing in the inaugural Street Kings event in 2010 and performed in front of warm-up DJ Mannie Fresh, New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis and Beyonce's little sister, Solange. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
The judges
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
The judges On the panel were Walter Ramsey of the Stooges Brass Band, journalist Jan Ramsey, radio DJ LeBron Joseph, and fully-fledged brass legends Kermit Ruffins and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
The TBC Brass Band were full of puff
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
The TBC Brass Band were full of puff The expert players were required to deliver an intro, a traditional performance and an original piece before the head-to-head finale. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
Queens of New Orleans
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
Queens of New Orleans The all-girl Original Pinettes Brass Band formed way back in 1991 at school and still feature a number of original members. As the umbrella placed on stage by a fan suggests, the city loves them. © Marv Watson/Red Bull Content Pool
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band The Original Pinettes were one of 12 bands to apply for this year's Street Kings event and came out all brass blazing to showcase the scene they're from. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
The glitz and the glamour
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
The glitz and the glamour It's not all puffed-out cheeks, sweat, and brass polish. The New Creations Brass Band brought along a mascot to liven things up a bit. © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
The New Creations Brass Band
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
The New Creations Brass Band The New Creations get the Back of Town (as Tremé is known to locals) jumping. © Marv Watson/Red Bull Content Pool
Trombone Shorty passes judgement
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
Trombone Shorty passes judgement Local boy done good and a veteran of brass band battles, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews marks down his findings. © Marv Watson/Red Bull Content Pool
Original Pinettes Brass Band claim the crown
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
Original Pinettes Brass Band claim the crown After a final head-to-head battle with the New Breed Brass Band, the Original Pinettes claimed victory in the second ever Red Bull Street Kings event. "We're overwhelmed that we won,” said one member of the band. “We're so grateful to be crowned street queens. Y’all, we changed the name!" © Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
The Street Queens' victory parade
Red Bull Street Kings, New Orleans, 2013.
The Street Queens' victory parade After winning, the band complete a celebratory march. “It was just New Orleans unfolding, you know,” said Trombone Shorty after the event. “Great bands, great energy, everybody played extremely well.” The Pinettes will now record at Red Bull Studios New York with Shorty. © Marv Watson/Red Bull Content Pool
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