This afternoon Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band held a second line parade in honor of David Bowie. Joined by thousands of fans, many of who came dressed in their best Bowie outfits, the two bands marched through the streets of New Orleans performing his music.
As you can see via the photos and video posted to social media, the parade effectively shut down entire streets of New Orleans. Update – Monday, January 18th, 3:15 p.m. CT: A full 30-minute clip from the parade can also be found below.
Arcade Fire were frequent collaborators of Bowie in the later years of his life. During a September 2005 Fashion Rocks concert, which proved to be Bowie’s penultimate live performance, he and Arcade Fire joined forces for “Wake Up”. Bowie later appeared on Arcade Fire’s 2013 album, Reflektor.
In a note released earlier this week, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler discussed the band’s relationship with Bowie.
“David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. I will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of my life. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”