Sunday mass at the famous St Augustine’s Church in New Orleans is everything you might expect it to be. A crowded building that only adds to the summer heat and humidity; a large choir that fills the remaining space; and preaching that elicits shouted comments from the congregation. I love the energy of the service that rolls on like a rock concert. This is about as gospel as I’ve ever seen before.
This is a New Orleans tradition – “a jazz funeral with the body”. A brass band walks through the streets with the music drawing in people to dance amongst those who have come with elaborate costumes and accessories.
The reason today’s one is so special is because it is part of the annual Satchmo Summerfest celebration in New Orleans. The festival celebrates the life of one of the city’s most famous sons, Louis Armstrong.
The music is the focus and you can hear it from block away. But I am also rather taken with the outfits and the whole visual experience of a Second Line parade in New Orleans. I’ve captured some of the sights in my photos and I hope you enjoy this collection of images as much as I enjoyed taking them.
If you’re interested in reading more, check out Michael Turtle’s full story about Satchmo Summerfest!