Originally, second line parades referred to the group of revelers who would follow the “first line” of a jazz funeral—the family and mourners, the hearse, and the permitted band. Today these impromptu moving musical celebrations have been described as “a jazz funeral without a body.”
“I love when you happen to stumble upon a second-line parade,” Ben says. “It is hard if not impossible to plan on seeing a parade in advance as they are generally impromptu events, sponsored by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. You can expect some to take place every weekend and they fill the city streets with music. Keep your ears open for them.”
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