What is Second-Line exactly?
If you're in New Orleans or any part of southern Louisiana, for that matter, and you hear someone shout out Second-Line, get ready for the dance of your life!
The Historic Second-Line dance can be traced back to the 19th century and was known especially among the African-American community. Once the tradition for all old New Orleans Jazz funerals the Second-Line as become Louisiana's own expression of dance. In many respects it is like a conga line with a lead dancer and everyone else following in tow. Add a little bling and the spices from the cultural gumbo that is Louisiana and you have a Second-Line!
Most all New Orleans natives use a second-line umbrella or handkerchief to help them with their expression of joy during the dance. Twirl your umbrella or waye your handkerchief while shaking your hips is all that is needed. There is no right or wrong way since it is an expression of the joy that is within you.
Dancing the Second-Line can now be seen at Weddings, Anniversaries, Graduation, Football Games, Mardi Gras, Bachelorette and Birthday Parties. It is done at all celebrations and enjoyed by everyone. The dance has become so popular through out Louisiana that Brides and Grooms carry their own specially made umbrellas with guests joining them with their napkins and handkerchiefs. It is not uncommon for New Orleans natives to carry a themed umbrella for special events or as an accessory to their costumes.
So if you are planning a party to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans don't forget your Second-Line umbrella. You will be the life of the party and the leader of the dance.
You read that right! We love to see and hear about ice cream bars at wedding receptions!! They're the fun, new trend that's been happening for months! Especially with the weather getting hotter in the South, ice cream is the perfect way to cool down your guests.
You can really play with the flavors of ice cream, too. Or you can stick to the more traditional favorites of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Also, be sure to add plenty of toppings to your ice cream bar layout. Sprinkles, whipped cram, syrups, candies, and don't forget about fresh fruits to add in.
You can also go all out and get an attendant to mix in your favorite toppings like at Cold Stone Creamery! How fun would that be?!
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