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05 September 2013
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Some say it isn’t a New Orleans wedding without a second line!

Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans. The "main line" or "first line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line." The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining."

It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body." Some believe that second lining has its origins in traditional West African circle dances, where children formed a circle outside the main circle of adult dancers. The dance was then brought to New Orleans, where it became incorporated into processions, such as funerals, forcing the ring to straighten into a line. 

The main modern day second lines often last miles, often making stops (usually at bars).  Additional second lines, large or small, may be held for any event which people think merits hiring a parading band for such a style of celebration, including weddings.

 

 

Here are some pictures of our brides & grooms second lining through the streets of New Orleans. I’d say I’ve covered a lot of mileage throughout the past few years – and I’ve loved every minute of it!

 

 

Scott Myers Photography


Studio Tran 


Eau Claire Photographics


Sam Gregory Photography


Studio Tran

 

Michael Caswell Photography

 

Bradfield Photography


Lime Green Photography


 

Stevie Ramos Photography


Studio Tran


Sam Gregory Photography

 

Meg Baisden Photography


 

Meg Baisden Photography

 

Studio Tran


Meg Baisden Photography

 

Maile Lani Photography

 

Artisan Style Photography

 

Nickel City Studios


 

Emily Sullivan is the owner of Get Polished Events, a full service event planning company in New Orleans, offering coordination, design, and full planning services. Not only is Emily New Orleans' expert wedding planner, but her skills are widely sought after by destination brides. Get Polished Events also offers beauty services; from airbrush makeup to hair design, Emily's team of professionals make brides look perfect and polished on their big day. To learn how Get Polished Events can assist you with your event, destination wedding, or beauty needs, please contact us today. 

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amanda - LOVE :) Best part about getting married in New Orleans!