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Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and what better way to infuse it with energy, rhythm, and a touch of New Orleans flair than by incorporating a second line band into your festivities? In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of second line, share tips on incorporating this lively tradition into your wedding, and even guide you through the process of obtaining a permit for a street closure.

The History of Second Line

The second line tradition has deep roots in New Orleans, where it originated in African American communities. It is a joyful and spirited parade that typically follows the main parade, featuring a brass band, revelers, and celebrants. The “first line” consists of the main parade, while the “second line” is the crowd that joins in, dancing and celebrating to the infectious beats of the brass band.

Originally associated with jazz funerals, second line parades have evolved into a celebratory custom for various occasions, including weddings. The lively music, colorful umbrellas, and enthusiastic dancing create an atmosphere of pure joy and celebration.

Incorporating a Second Line Band into Your Wedding

  1. Choose the Right Moment: Plan the second line to kick off at a strategic moment, such as after the ceremony or during the transition from the ceremony to the reception. This will set the tone for a festive celebration.
  2. Select the Perfect Band: Work with a reputable second line band that understands the significance of weddings. A skilled brass band will bring the right energy and musicality to make your second line unforgettable.
  3. Inform Your Guests: Let your guests know about the second line in advance, so they can come prepared to join the celebration. Provide them with small umbrellas or handkerchiefs to add to the festive atmosphere.
  4. Obtaining a Street Closure Permit
    • Contact Local Authorities: Reach out to your local city or town hall to inquire about the process for obtaining a permit for a street closure. Explain the nature of the event and the duration for which you’ll need the closure.
    • Submit Necessary Documentation: Be prepared to submit necessary documents, including details about your event, the proposed route, and plans for crowd control. Some municipalities may require proof of insurance.
    • Plan Ahead: Start the permit application process well in advance of your wedding date. This allows for any necessary approvals and ensures a smooth experience on your special day.

A second line band can transform your wedding into a vibrant, unforgettable celebration. By understanding the history of this tradition and following these tips, you’ll create an atmosphere of pure joy, making your wedding day even more magical. So, put on your dancing shoes, gather your loved ones, and get ready to second line your way into marital bliss!


Elevate Your Wedding Celebration with a Second Line Band: A Joyful Tradition

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