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New Orleans celebrates David Bowie with second line parade

6 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, January 17 2016 Jan 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 3:15 PM January 17, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS - Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band held a second line parade Saturday in New Orleans to memorialize music and fashion icon David Bowie.

Multiple media outlets report that hundreds of fans, many of who came dressed in their best Bowie outfits, marched with the bands performing Bowie's music.

Bowie died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

The parade reportedly came about in conversations between Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe and Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. By chance, the group of musicians had been rehearsing Bowie's "Modern Love" together.

"It was a lot of fun to get together and riff on it, and I thought maybe we could play a couple songs at the Hall, and it was really Win and Regine who said we need to parade," Jaffe said. "That's the way Bowie would want us to celebrate. He would want people out in the street dancing."

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