Inside New Orleans’ 2nd line tradition

The music-focused traveling block parties are used to celebrate everything from weddings to funeral farewells.
1:56 | 02/16/21

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Back now on "Gma" and our mardi gras celebration, we're about to get some live music but first here's a look back before the pandemic at New Orleans second line parades. if the big apple is a city that never sleeps then the big easy is a town where the music never stops. Reporter: In New Orleans the music is the undisputed heartbeat of the city. You know, sometimes I'll be driving down a street and you'll see the mailman and if there's a brass band down there you will see him dancing to deliver the mail. It's just that powerful. Reporter: The birth place of jazz. It's the hometown of many of the genre's giants past and present. But in this city, you don't have to be a best-selling artist like trombone shorty to be part of the scene. All you have to do is get in line. The second line, that is. At the front, the first line or the main line are musicians often brass bands, but can also include members of the wedding and funeral farewells. We're probably one of the only places in the world that you'll find people dancing at funerals. You know, and we celebrate life, so a lot of people even if they don't know the person that passed away they come to pay their respects and join the second line. Reporter: But it's not just to mark life events, these traveling block parties can just happen. We'll call everybody. We'll get together and meet up uptown or wherever it may be and it happens any time you want it to happen. Reporter: Inspiring generation after generation. Whenever I'm writing as always I'm thinking about people dancing and I can always go back to those memories as a kid of watching the parades and seeing that. Remember for my 50th birthday there in New Orleans, my sister had a second line, went right to the house. Right to the house for my 50th through the house, it was something.

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