A BIG Easy Celebration of Local Arts and A Tribute to Loved Ones
‘Aunt Patty’ (1959-2012)
The Jazz Crawl for Charity was established to honor the memory of Patricia Brown Reynolds. Patty was the epitome of a kid at heart and her fun-loving spirit shined brightest each year through her epic ‘Mystic Krewe of Vieux Do’ Mardi Gras parties in Birmingham, AL. She used to say, “If I can’t bring all of my friends and family to New Orleans for Mardi Gras every year then I will bring New Orleans to them.” That is precisely what she did for 8 consecutive years until her unexpected passing in 2012.
After a two-year hiatus her nephew, Rick Tringali, was moved to resurrect the theme and festivities of his Aunt Patty’s beloved celebration in Charleston, SC with a few twists and a charitable donation in her memory. Thus, the Jazz Crawl for Charity was born as a celebration of local artistic culture and the festive traditions of New Orleans, as a memorial tribute to loved ones not with us anymore.
ROYAL KREWE PARTY
Crowning King & Queen of the Krewe
A King, Queen, 2 Dukes, and 2 Maids. Ladies receive concealed roses and men receive concealed Mardi Gras doubloons (coins). After an announcement, everyone opens them up to reveal who is crowned to lead the parade with the ‘first line’. This is a tradition from Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs and Mardi Gras Krewes.
SECOND LINE PARADE
Highlighting The Beauty Of The City
The main attraction of the Jazz Crawl for Charity is the traditional New Orleans Second Line parade in the heart of the city. The moving block party of drums, horns, Mardi Gras décor, and second liners dancing with their parasols and handkerchiefs contagiously inspires bystanders to join in the celebration.
The NOLA Kid At Heart Foundation is working with educators and cultural ambassadors of New Orleans to develop youth programs that teach the brass music and dance steps that fuel second-line culture in New Orleans. Local kids and kids from New Orleans will have the unique opportunity to lead the parade alongside the pros.
SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS CONCERT
Let The Good Times Keep Rolling!
Just as the starting location showcases local artists, the ending location highlights the talents of New Orleans artists. The second-line parade leads everyone to a downtown concert venue, theater, museum, or performing arts center to end the festivities with the ‘Spirit of New Orleans’ concert and after-party.
Artwork, unique experiences, and other items from local and New Orleans donors will be offered up through a silent auction at the show.
Bringing The Spirit of New Orleans to a City Near You
The Jazz Crawl is more than an annual charity event in Charleston, SC now. It will now be governed by the newly established NOLA Kid at Heart Foundation. The organization plans to introduce the Jazz Crawl’s unique celebration and cultural exchange to new cities starting in 2019. The development of educational programs that teach the music and dance that fuels Second Line culture will allow children the opportunity to lead the parade alongside the pros.