second line - Adiyah Crute Beverly Trask Social Dancing...

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Adiyah Crute Beverly Trask Social Dancing September 17, 2009 Second Line Second line parades are tradition to locals of New Orleans. The enormous moving street festivals are organized and funded by working class African-Americans to celebrate the anniversaries of their individual Social Aide and Pleasure Clubs. The clubs and bands are referred to as the “first line” but the followers, friends, family and neighborhood residents are considered to be the “second line”. The community gathers around the brass bands that play and walk, dance, and pace down the street as they listen to the improvised beats and tune that fill the air. I attended my first second line parade a couple of weeks ago and found the event to be remarkable. The band would play their instruments down the streets as the whole community surrounded them and danced to themselves. No one judged the dancers or seemed to be distracted by them. In fact, they would join in to whatever rhythm came over their body. The whole community participated in the event and gathered in the streets to dance and socialize with
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2010 for the course DANC 10301 01 taught by Professor Beverlytrask during the Fall '09 term at Tulane.

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