Second Line!

A Traditional New Orleans Second Line Parade in the Heart 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 ‘First Line’ is lead by dancing ‘Parade Marshals’, a brass band, and the newly crowned ‘Royal Court of the Krewe’. Everyone else that joins in behind them is traditionally known as the ‘Second Line’. 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.

  • Brass Band: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Tuba, Bass Drum, Snare Drum

  • Parade Marshals: Dancers that lead the parade and excite the crowds.

  • Royal Court: Randomly crowned King, Queen, Maids, Dukes, and Jesters

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Evolution of the Second Line

The New Orleans Second Line originated as a celebration of life following a graveyard service at a Jazz Funeral. The power of the music and energetic spirit of the parade allowed people to put their grief and sadness aside for a moment to enjoy themselves as they celebrate the life of the person they were laying to rest. Over the years, the term ‘Second Line’ has come to take on a few different meanings and the Jazz Crawl for Charity does its best job to showcase all of them during the event.

  • Jazz Funeral: Origination of the Second Line parade.

  • S&P Clubs: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs now carry the torch for Second Line culture in New Orleans.

  • Second Line Sunday: Weekly neighborhood parades are celebrated on Sundays.

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