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Mon Mar 30, 2020, 08:04 PM

New Orleans second line organizer arrested Monday; NOPD says he refused to disband large gathering

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Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune Advocate

A second line organizer accused of flouting the city's coronavirus control measures over the weekend by refusing to disband a large funeral repast has been arrested by the New Orleans Police Department.

New Orleans police say almost 100 people gathered in the 3000 block of Audubon Street Saturday afternoon as a brass band played as part of the repast.

Several viral videos shared on social media show the group laughing and dancing together. One person could be seen wearing a face mask.

State and local officials have banned gatherings of more than 10 people and issued a stay-at-home mandate that has been extended through April 30 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Read more: https://www.nola.com/news/crime_police/article_8a1f8746-72d4-11ea-9200-bb05829353d1.html



Please, don’t bash New Orleans for not calling off Mardi Gras when visitors arrived for the first parade on February 8th.

If you were practicing social distancing, wearing gloves and a face mask, or frequently washing your hands on February 8th you were way ahead of the curve. Don’t expect the Democratic mayor of a large city to unilaterally call off Mardi Gras. It ended with a hard stop on February 25th, but started nearly three weeks earlier.

And since gatherings have been banned by the Democratic Governor and mayor, there have been enforcement efforts to protect the public health.

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Reply New Orleans second line organizer arrested Monday; NOPD says he refused to disband large gathering (Original post)
Roy Rolling Mar 2020 OP
Drum Mar 2020 #1
not_the_one Mar 2020 #2
Drum Mar 2020 #3
mysitcfairy Mar 2020 #4
GeorgiaPeanut Mar 2020 #5
fleur-de-lisa Mar 2020 #6
Roy Rolling Apr 2020 #7

Response to Roy Rolling (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:01 PM

1. What is "second line organizer" ?

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Response to Drum (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:15 PM

2. I only lived in the FQ for 3 and a half years, but my understanding...

Second lines are, essentially, funeral parades, led by a marching jazz band, with the mourners marching behind. It starts out somber, but turns into a celebration in honor of the person who died.

It is a New Orleans tradition. They can be spontaneous, or arranged.

I would assume the "organizer" is just that, the person who arranges for the jazz band.

Maybe some NOLA people could correct me?

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Response to not_the_one (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:22 PM

3. Excellent, gotcha, and thanks!

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Response to not_the_one (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 10:14 AM

4. Historically, exactly right.

Now they are doing second lines for weddings, graduations, and other celebrations.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 03:11 PM

5. Some people's stupidity is only eclipsed

 

by their obstreperousness.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:47 PM

6. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus rolled on 2-1-20

with a route through the Bywater and the Marigny. So the parade season actually started a week earlier. No one in the US was calling for social distancing at that time, despite what the 'experts' on DU will tell us.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:28 AM

7. Exactly

The season actually starts even earlier. I was trying to share with people what Mardi Gras is—a rolling celebration lasting about a month, with a hard stop on February 25th at midnight.

It’s all over, we clear the streets, we hose down the sidewalks, and run off the drunken stragglers with cops on horseback.

We know how to party responsibly in New Orleans—if there is such a thing—and earlier DU posts denigrating the Democratic leadership of the city and state were based on misconceptions of how Mardi Gras works.

Let’s not make the same mistake again, DU. 😅

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