Dancing in the Streets

Money Wasters member Armad Rickmon (detail); 2016; archival pigment print; by Charles Muir Lovell, photographer; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Charles Muir Lovell, 2019.0393.8

Due to the pandemic, second lines have been put on hold for nearly a year. The Historic New Orleans Collection's upcoming exhibition, Dancing in the Streets, features historical photographs, archival footage, and contemporary objects, including parade regalia like full suits and fans, to give views a closer look at "the unique artistry of second line parades."

Twelve contemporary photographers are included in the exhibition, and a companion audio guide (created in collaboration with the Neighborhood Story Project) features interviews with club members discussing the displayed items. "The Collection is proud to present Dancing in the Streets as a love letter to the social aid and pleasure club community of New Orleans, until the day everyone can hit the streets again."

A Spotify playlist was also created for the exhibition. It contains brass band music often player at second lines and funerals and highlights key bands and songs that have shaped the evolution of its style from the 1950s to today.

Dancing in the Streets opens February 25, 2021 and will be on display until June 13, 2021. Admission is free.

The Historic New Orleans Location is located at 520 Royal Street.