A MAGICALLY UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE

SECOND-LINE PARADES

We are a nationwide vehicle for presenting the beautiful history and modern culture behind New Orleans’ most iconic tradition, the second-line parade. We offer the most authentic experience you can find outside of New Orleans by showcasing the brass bands, parade steppers, and young artists that carry the torch for the timeless cultural tradition.

WHAT IS A SECOND-LINE PARADE?

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Does your city have a thriving artistic community and beautiful backdrop for a parade? We are expanding our Jazz Crawl Festivals into new cities so let us know a proposed route and local affiliations for bringing the magic to your hometown!

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UPCOMING PARADES

Footwork & Feathers Fundraiser

February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Carnival Cut-Up Tour

March 11, 2020 - September 15, 2020

Charleston, SC Jazz Crawl Festival

June 10, 2020 - June 14, 2020

THE NEW ORLEANS SECOND-LINE PARADE

The second-line originated as a celebration of life through New Orleans Jazz Funerals. Following the church service a brass band leads the deceased to the cemetery with horns blowing and drums beating. The band, the casket, and family members make up what is called the ‘first line’, whereas everyone else that follows in respect is referred to as the ‘second line’.
Jazz Funerals gave way to community organizations called Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs that host annual “Second-Line Sunday” parades through their neighborhoods. The club spends all year designing their suits and vibrant accessories to “show out” on their big day. The parade Grand Marshal and the rest of the S&P Club lead the brass band from block to block and excite the crowds with improvised dance stepping known as “footwork”. It is the most iconic cultural tradition of New Orleans.
One common theme throughout the history and evolution of the New Orleans Second Line is its unparalleled ability to lift people’s spirits. The power of the music and festive energy of the parade creates a magical atmosphere that will literally and figuratively move you whether you are saying farewell to a loved one, letting loose with your friends and family, or celebrating a momentous occasion like a wedding.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE & COMMUNITY

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Let us know if there are any local musicians, dancers, schools, sponsors, or festivals we could partner with.