Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:00 noon
Magnolia March: A NYC Jazz Funeral Parade Against Gun Violence
The Magnolia March is a chance for all of us to parade in memory of victims of gun violence and to take a peaceful stand against violence in our communities. The family-friendly parade will be a public
expression of sympathy and to promote peace in our city. There will be at least one New Orleans-style Second Line Parade Band.
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Gather: 12:00 noon at Lincoln Center, 64 Street and Columbus Avenue
(IRT 1 train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center; IND A, B, C or D trains to 59 Street/Columbus Circle)
Parade Route: Will start and end at Lincoln Center and parade between Broadway and Central Park West
The jazz funeral march is a unique New Orleans tradition rooted in African-American, Latin and Caribbean cultures. The heart of the procession is the jazz band, where solemn tunes are replaced by upbeat music, and onlookers join in to celebrate the life of the deceased–this is the "Second Line."
Second line parades create a sense of community among participants, and Magnolia March reflects this spirit, mourning the loss of young victims of violence but at the same time remembering them and celebrating their lives.
Outraged by the recent Sandy Hook shooting, NYC-based internationally-known tap dancer/rhumba-tap/percussionist Max Pollak felt compelled to create Magnolia March to provide the public–especially families, children and artists–with an opportunity to mourn and to express their feelings. It will also pay respect to those who have lost loved ones in recent acts of violence.
Marches in Toledo, Spain, Rennes, France, and Tokyo, Japan are also underway!