The vibrant cultures of two of Southeastern America’s most heritage-rich cities, New Orleans and Charleston, will collide for the 5th annual Jazz Crawl for Charity on Sunday, September 8th. “The Big Easy’s” famous second-line parades will return to Charleston’s historic streets for a memorable celebration benefiting a great cause! The mobile block party will once again sing, shimmy, and shake its way up King Street to close out its monthly Second Sunday event.
Gibbes Museum Garden Admission: $35 Like Mardi Gras in Charleston!
- Traditional Jazz Artists
- Live Funk | Blues | Soul
- $5 NOLA Cocktails
- $5 Louisiana Cooking
- Dance Performances
- Arts & Culture Showcases
- Royal Crowning Contest
- Parade SWAG!
- Beads, Masks, Boas, Parade Hats, Parasols
- Costume Contests
Lower King Street Admission: Open "A Block Party in Motion"
- A Celebration of Life
- Second-Line Brass Band
- Street Dancers
- Grand Marshal
- Royal Court of the Krewe
- Banners & Parasols
- Parade Hats, Boas, Beads, Masks
- Memorial Carnations
Marion Square Admission: Open A Community Rhythm!
- Interactive Demonstrations
- Percussion & Dancing
- Cultural Preservation Exchange
- Congo Square
- Gullah Geechee
- Libations Prayer
- Second-Line Finale
Prohibition More details coming soon!
There is no official dress code, but we encourage people to get in the Carnival spirit and participate in some of our festive costume contests.
- Wear ‘Royal Purple’
- To be eligible for ‘Royal Crowning’ contest.
- Wear Vibrant Colors
- To bring the parade to life.
- Dress as a Group
- Costume Theme
- Color Coordination
- Matching Attire
- Choose a Character
- Dress up like someone!
The Carnival Party starts at 1:00pm. We recommend you show up by 1:30pm. You don’t want to miss out on the performances or your chance to be crowned King or Queen of the Krewe. Also, the parade SWAG is only ‘while supplies last’… and you don’t want to be boring during the parade!
Due to the capacity of the Gibbes Museum Garden, there is a limited amount of tickets available for the event. If the Carnival Party doesn’t sell out, tickets will be available at the door. The prices will be determined by supply.
We import Carnival items from the same local New Orleans businesses used by Mardi Gras parade Krewes. We also have handmade parasols that can be custom ordered with colors and graphics for groups.
- Carnival Items
- Specialty beads, feather boas, parade hats, masquerade masks, and parasols.
- Color Requests
- Most of the SWAG will be purple and gold, but you can request colors for a group.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Parade Parasols
- Parasols will be available at the event and online for pick-up purchases.
- Custom branded parasols are available for group orders.
A portion of event proceeds and 100% of all GoFundMe donations go into the Jazz Crawl Second-Line Fund, which puts instruments in the hands of aspiring music students and supports the participation of New Orleans artists, youth groups, and cultural ambassadors at the Jazz Crawl.
We are partnering with the Brass Culture Foundation of New Orleans to support the instrument donations and cultural preservation efforts. We will launch a crowdfunding campaign to announce the partnership and collect tax-exempt donations. 501(c)3 tax-exemption receipt available.
You can help us spread the #SecondLineMagic in a number of different ways!
- Make a Memorial Donation
- $25 Second-Line Tribute – Parade Commemoration
- $100 First-Line Tribute – Parade Commemoration + Instrument Engraving
- We use GoFundMe to process our donations and tribute submissions.
- Donate an Instrument
- We will find a good home for any instruments in working condition.
- Join the Krewe!
- Follow us and share our content on social media.
- Introduce us to potential sponsors, artists, educators, or influential figures.
- Volunteer to help with promotional events – trust us, you’ll have fun!
Upon arrival you will have the option of buying ‘Lagniappe Tokens’ for $5 each. The tokens will get you a variety of food, drinks, and promotional items. There will also be a showcase of local visual artists and fashion designers selling items.
In Southern Louisiana, ‘Lagniappe’ /ˌlanˈyap/ is an unexpected small gift or bonus given to a customer as a compliment for their loyalty. It’s widely used in New Orleans to describe “a little something extra”. The sale of Lagniappe Tokens (Mardi Gras Doubloons) at the Jazz Crawl work like tickets you get at a county fair. You can use them for food, drink, parade items, and more.
The Jazz Crawl offers the ‘Tastes of New Orleans’ brought to you by local food and beverage sponsors. The menu changes each year depending on the support we get, but you can expect a full-bar, tasty bites and much more!
- Signature Cocktails
- Hurricane, Hand Grenade, Pimm’s Cup, daiquiris, shooters, and more.
- Beer and Wine
- Beer and wine selection brought to you by local and New Orleans breweries and wineries.
- Louisiana Fare
- Gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, yaka-mein, crawfish maria, e’touffee, and more.
- Finger Foods
- Crawfish, oysters, crawfish pies, alligator sausage, cajun sausage, fried chicken, mini-muffalettas, po-boys, and more.
- Sweet Treats
- King Cake, pralines, beignets, bread pudding, fried banana’s foster bites, doberge cake, snow balls, roman candy, and more.
#JoinTheKrewe to Get Menu Updates!
The amount and variety of live music will depend on support from artist sponsors. Local musicians and singers will collaborate with New Orleans artists for tribute performances, demonstrations, and a raucous parade!
- Mardi Gras Indian Funk
- Trad Jazz
- Second-Line Brass
- Vocal Showcases
- Artist Tributes
- Youth Performances
The Jazz Crawl is full of engaging music, dancing, art, cultural demonstrations and fun activities!
- Live Music
- Dance Performances
- Interactive Cultural Demonstrations
- Royal Crown Drawing
- Costume Contests
- Youth Performances
Yes, we will have the ‘Square’ app, so ‘Lagniappe Tokens’ (food/drink tickets) can be purchased with cash or credit card. Memorial tribute donations are made through our GoFundMe campaign site online. There may be additional vendors at the event accepting payments their own way.
There is a parking garage on Queen Street and other lots nearby. The Jazz Crawl coincides with the ‘Second Sunday on King’ art market, so it may be crowded around Gibbes Museum. Another suggestion is to park near Marion Square and take a stroll down King to checkout the festivities of ‘Second Sunday’!
The parade is 0.7 miles going from Gibbes Museum Garden (backside on King St.) to Marion Square. The parade from Marion Square to Prohibition is 0.5 miles.
Join in behind the krewes! The community bonding power of the New Orleans second-line comes from everyone joining in the celebration, dancing and ‘rolling with the band’.
There will be some bar-top tables and a limited number of chairs and benches. The event is designed to keep you engaged with the performances and activities, but there will still be some places to rest your legs and set your drinks down.
- Limited number of chairs
- Limited number of benches
A second-line is the most iconic cultural tradition of New Orleans. It’s a street parade that originated as a celebration of life at Jazz Funerals. It then evolved into weekly ‘Second-Line Sunday’ parades organized by ‘Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs’. The second-line is a powerfully moving experience. Today it is most widely observed outside of New Orleans through ceremonial celebrations like weddings. The Jazz Crawl’s mission is to share the magic of the second-line along with presentations and demonstrations that express the history of the tradition and the evolution of New Orleans and American music.
A ‘Dirge’ is the soulful and solemn portion of a Jazz Funeral parade that mourns and pays respect to the life lost. The second-line parade then turns into an upbeat and joyful celebration of the life. At the Jazz Crawl you can make a donation to honor the name and memory of loved ones through a ‘Dirge’ parade commemoration or an engraved instrument donation.
Mardi Gras Indians are a mysterious sub-culture of New Orleans. They are a strongly knit groups (tribes) of African American community leaders of New Orleans. They spend the entire year sewing a new suit to reveal each year. The suits are revealed on Mardi Gras Day as the groups of artists embark on the inner-city neighborhoods of New Orleans looking for other tribes. When they meet, the ‘Big Chiefs’ of the tribes engage in a battle ritual, showing off their beautiful creation for the Carnival Day. Tambourines, drums, call-and response songs/chanting, and the beautiful suits draw large crowds of photographers and bystanders that follow the tribes around the neighborhood in the New Orleans second-line fashion. There is a lot of debate regarding the origins of the tradition, but many believe it is practiced as an homage to the Native Americans that helped shelter African slaves hundreds of years ago.
Kids are allowed to attend the Carnival Party accompanied by an adult, but the ticket price is the same. We would love kids to experience the history and cultural that is presented at the event, which is why we encourage families to follow the 4:30 parade to Marion Square where there will be interactive cultural demonstrations and presentations.