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A little Bit of History
Second Line is a tradition in brass band parades in Louisiana, especially New Orleans, Louisiana. The term is also used in association with the traditional dance style.
Music is an important part of most public events in traditional New Orleans culture. Processions with music include the periodic parades of benevolent societies, social aid and pleasure clubs and of course the famous funerals with music, e.e. jazz funerals.
The "first line" of a funeral consisted of the Krewe (family & friends) of the deceased. The "Second Line" originally referred to people who were attacted to the music. Traditionally such people would follow behind the "first Line".
To follow such processions because one enjoyed the music came to be known as the "second line" or to be "second lining". Uninhibited dancing at processions also came to be called "second lining".
TODAY, "second line" types of dances are held independent of funerals. Examples of modern uses include: ANY & ALL EVENTS/CELEBRATION, i.e. weddings, carnivals, birth of a child, graduations, to name a few. Also, the style has spread beyond the confines of the city of New Orleans, for example, in the Boston area "second line" brass bands and other brass bands lead the senior in their procession from the Harvard houses to the university's graduation ceremony.
As an artist, the parasol is our owner's canvas. Her work is exclusive in that each parasol is custom made to the client's individual specifications. As a client, you can choose from any of our wonderful designs or have our artist customize a unique design per your specifications. The sky's the limit. What you desire can be incorporated into your new parasol to meet and exceed your expectations. Our parasols are actually more than just for second line. They are an exquisite accessory to your wardrobe.