Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A. A Second Line Parade is a mini-parade that is a long standing centuries old tradition in New Orleans. It is celebratory procession and can be incorporated into bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate events, weddings, funerals, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays and mardi gras balls. It is led by a walking brass band and grand marshal (that’s the first line) who are followed by parade participants dancing with handkerchiefs and umbrellas (that’s the Second Line). In New Orleans we celebrate just about everything – Second Line Style!
A. Second Line Parades can take place indoors or outdoors at venues such as hotel ballrooms, convention halls or on the city streets. In order to take place on city streets or on a public space, certain permits and police escorts are required. They can take place year round.
A. As early as possible! New Orleans is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and a Second Line Parade is one of the most in-demand activities. Brass bands and other entertainers book up fast. In addition, there is a permitting process to go through with the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Police Department for parades being held on city streets or on public spaces. This is about a 2-3 week process.
A. A unique style of music is played by the brass band that is a spinoff of jazz. It is commonly referred to as “Second Line Music” and the band is sometimes referred to as a “Second Line”.
A. Yes- you can drink your choice of alcoholic beverages while parading down World Famous Bourbon Street or any other street in New Orleans. New Orleans has some of the most liberal drinking laws in the U.S. and as long as your beverage is in a paper or plastic cup and you’re at least 21 years of age, you are good to go. *NOLA Second Line Parades® does not serve, sell or distribute alcoholic beverages. Nor does it endorse or promote the consumption of alcoholic beverages. However, it does respect the rights and opinions of others as long as they are acting within the limits of the law.
A. A Second Line Parade can have as little ½ dozen participants to numbers in the thousands. Typically the more participants, the more brass bands and other forms of entertainment are included.
A. NOLA Second Line Parades® does everything in its power to insure the safety of its guests. This includes providing NOPD Police Officers to escort the parade and its guest. We always have a minimum of 2 officers to escort the parade and to perform traffic control duties. However, NOLA is a big city tourist destination and like any other there are some bad actors. You should always be aware of your surroundings, drink responsibly, use common sense when it comes to carrying cash and wearing expensive jewelry. Use the Buddy System and have a great time.