Thousands Celebrate Prince at New Orleans Second Line Parade

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The singer was honored in New Orleans on April 25, 2016.

Purple-clad New Orleanians came together in Treme to celebrate the legendary musician, who died last Thursday.

The Treme neighborhood of New Orleans was a purple sea of parasols, balloons, wigs and boas on Monday night as thousands of people honored Prince with an exuberant "second line" parade — a traditional New Orleans celebration led by brass bands.

The event started at Oo Poo Pah Doo Bar, where singer-cellist Monica McIntyre read a poem written by fellow New Orleans musician Arsene DeLay. The bar is owned by Trombone Shorty's family, and his brother, James Andrews, led the second line with his Crescent City All-Stars band and Chief Alfred Doucette, who donned a purple "Prince of Peace" Mardi Gras Indian costume.


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The musicians and dancers followed a hearse with a purple light on top and a horse-drawn carriage leading a casket draped in purple cloth. At one point during the procession, three men crawled on top of a rooftop to dance enthusiastically as the costumed crowd cheered below.


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The Prince fans toward the back of the massive second line burst out into a rendition of "Kiss," drinking and smoking as they sang. They carried signs with the musician's image and parasols with his iconic symbol drawn on it. Actor Mark Ruffalo even participated in the celebration, but he did so behind a mask, blending in with the rest of the crowd. Ruffalo shared a photo of himself at the parade following the event.


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"When a musician of this magnitude passes, it's such a great loss for everyone," event organizer Martha Alguera told The Hollywood Reporter. "The one thing we really felt strongly about is being the musical city that we are, we have to do a second line."

"We really wanted it to be authentic New Orleans -- that's why we set it up in Treme, to be in a place that really is one of the greatest music neighborhoods in the world," said Alguera, who planed the second line with Andrews. "We wanted to represent New Orleans and our love for Prince."


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The second line finished where it began, with the sunset providing a gorgeous backdrop as the Prince fans sang "Purple Rain" in unison, many tearing up as they wished an emotional New Orleans goodbye to the legendary musician.

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