Second Lines In New Orleans: Good Times, Bad Times

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Good Times, Bad Times The world is filled with many different cultures; each holds celebrations in different ways. In New Orleans, parades called second lines occur for celebration. The second line has been part of New Orleans culture for over a hundred years. Recently, one of these parades was broken up in a culturally rich neighborhood; in the process, two musicians were arrested. Parading without a permit is a crime in Louisiana, and this was the case in Tremé. Second lines should be required to obtain a permit from the city to parade. To obtain a permit, the second line should have to notify the city of the time and place of the festivity, no fee should be charged. In doing so, both the city and its citizens will have bettered their society by allowing themselves to safely express their culture without infringing on others rights. Tremé is a music wealthy neighborhood in New Orleans which was recently host to a second line where two musicians were arrested. (Rose) Since about 1830, when the community formed from French-speaking Creole colored slaves, jazz parades have been high in concentration. (U.S. Gov.) Many of these second lines are held after funerals, to celebrate with family and friends the life of the deceased, instead of…show more content…
Nick Spitzer, in an article titled “Love and Death at Second-Line,” writes about violence at the jazz funeral second line of Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a famous New Orleans musician. He gives a first person perspective of a jazz funeral where a man is shot over a controversy due to a turf war over beer sales. (Spitzer) This is not the only reported event of violence in the second lines. To prevent incidents like this from occurring though, the new process of organizing a second line would extinguish any thoughts of bringing aggression into a

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