, Photographs, Pictures, Ray Laskowitz
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This is what a second line parade is about.

I’m not sure what more there is to say.


Except to explain. There is no one way, no right way or rules about running a second line parade. Just a few traditions. And, rituals. The tuba player starts it. Usually, if there are children walking they come out first. Usually, they are dressed in their Sunday best. Matching suits. Matching ties. Matching shoes. And, hats. However… sometimes, they come out dressed casually and change into their Sunday clothes at the first stop. The social aid clubs do that too.


For spectators it’s hard to know when. The best thing you can do is walk the entire parade route if you want to see all the changes. On a hot and humid day that can be grueling. Just imagine how the guy playing the tuba or the bass drum feels. Not only does he walk, but he plays. In tune and on time.


In tune and on time.





  1. Pippa Pirrip says

    This is beautiful. I work in the Quarter & second lines are sold in destination wedding packages now, I saw 14 in 5 hours recently. It’s heart breaking to me to see something so beautiful exploited like that. This image brings my love of them back. Thank you!


    • Hi. I’m pretty much aware of them. I, like you, know that they aren’t real. I don’t chase them unless I happen to be there. My representation loves the pictures because the pictures are tourist destination images. OTH, these “second lines” do keep musicians working.

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      • Pippa Pirrip says

        The musicians working is the only silver lining, I try to remind myself of that part every time I see one. Easier with the first few of the day, but more difficult as the day wears on. Your photos remind me of the true beauty of them!


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