Second Line Street Party
Saturday 3 June
Parade starting at The Langham, Melbourne and marching along Southbank to Federation Square.
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Join the jubilant energy of the quintessential New Orleans art form – the second line parade – as we kick off the Festival’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
Melbourne’s own Horns of Leroy and Swing Patrol will lead a joyous and jumpin’ musical march through Southbank, followed by a free outdoor concert at Fed Square. Whether you’re a musician, dancer or just feel like funkin’ it up, put on your marching shoes, rain or shine, and join in the fun!
For those of you unfamiliar with a second line street party, check out the short video below from a typical New Orleans celebration to get you in the mood.
We’ll be holding a workshop for musicians with the Horns of Leroy on Sunday 28 May, 11am-1pm to help you nail the notes. Dance workshops will also be held with Swing Patrol to help you master your moves at 11am on Saturday 3 June. Please register for these workshops here.
The afternoon continues at Federation Square with funk-laden fun from The Steve McQueens (Singapore) and big band performances featuring Australia’s best and brightest emerging jazz musicians.
Monash University Australian Jazz Ensemble
director Julien Wilson
WAAPA Jazz Ensemble
director Jamie Oehlers
Please register here to let us know you are coming.
We have included additional information in our FAQ blog post here.
Dance class with Swing Patrol from 11:00am Meet at the river side of The Langham, Melbourne.
Second Line Street Party from Southbank to Fed Square, 12:00noon - 1:00pm
from Southbank to Federation Square.
Free outdoor concert at Federation Square, from 1:00pm
For those with access requirements
The Second Line Street Party is fully physically accessible.
The parade route has no steps and is wheelchair and pram friendly.
The dance workshop and the beginning of the parade will be Auslan interpreted, as will the speeches at the conclusion of the parade.
If you have specific access requirements, please contact the Festival so we can accommodate your needs.