Second Line reminds the living that there is rejoicing even in death. The deceased has left the pain of this life and gone on to a better place.
In New Orleans' traditional, the brass band accompanies the hearse and mourners, playing the dirge proceeding the funeral for the processional.
As the funeral comes to a close at the cemetery, the second line band begins the recessional. The band begins to play an upbeat tempo with a tune, possibly a spiritual or hymn, in celebration of the life of the deceased. The second line begins to form.
The main line breaks out into a lively waving of handkerchiefs. Handkerchiefs, carried for sobbing over the loss of the loved one are now waved in the air. The umbrella, carried for protection from the sun, now becomes a festive symbol.
2nd Line Atlanta continues the second line tradition as a means of celebrating the life of loved ones with class and dignity.
EVEN IN LAUGHTER THE HEART MAY BE IN PAIN AND THE END OF JOY MAY BE GRIEF. PROVERBS 14:13
The Second Line is no longer longer limited to funerals.
Second Line has evolved as notable piece of modern New Orleans, and is used to celebrate almost any event in New Orleans, including weddings, birthdays, memorials, festivals, parties or for any or no reason at all.