They Were Joined By The Preservation Hall Brass Band And Hundreds Of Fans To Sing Bowie Classics
Ever since the news broke of the tragic passing of one of musics most unique and longest lasting creative forces in David Bowie, fans and musical artists of all different backgrounds have been honoring the late Starman with an outpouring of tributes in-memoriam.
One of the coolest tributes took place in New Orleans, Louisiana in the form of the time honored tradition of a second line parade through the famed and historic French Quarter of NOLA.
Organized by the band Arcade Fire, their frontman Win Butler led the parade with a red megaphone in hand while the Preservation Hall Brass Band played and hundreds of fans sang along to some of the Thin White Dukes most popular songs.
A “second line parade” is a classic brass band tradition in New Orleans often described as “a jazz funeral without a body.” The “main line” or “first line,” typically the band, leads the way and whoever follows the band to enjoy the music and partake in the parade is considered the “second line.”
The group played and sang a handful of Bowies tunes, including “Heroes,” “Oh! You Pretty Thing” and “Suffragette City.”
While the event didn’t seem very organized and the audio quality of some of the videos that have surfaced of the event aren’t the greatest we can easily forgive as we think the thought and the sentiment behind the parade are incredible and still worth sharing.