Who Dats can add a second-line to the growing list of local Super Bowl protests. The Blackout and Gold Second-Line Parade is set to roll in the French Quarter on Sunday, Feb. 3.
“Please join us as we mourn the untimely ending of the New Orleans Saints season,” the Facebook event reads.
The second-line will assemble at Jackson Square at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The parade departs from Jackson Square starting at 2 p.m. then proceeds along Decatur Street to S. Peters Street. Then, it will go to Canal Street and turn on Bourbon Street. The parade will disband at Bourbon Street and Iberville Street at 4 p.m.
The parade will not include throws, but special event souvenir penalty flag handkerchiefs will be involved.
Marketing and public relations specialist Kim Bergeron founded the parade following a growing desire from fans wanting a parade on “Stolen Bowl Sunday.” The second-line came as a “New Orleans alternative” due to logistic and financial limitations to hosting a traditional parade, according to the Facebook event.
Organizers say no vending, tents or throws are allowed due to permit restrictions, along with any additional bands or floats other than those officially sanctioned by the event. However, participation in the second-line is free.
“I am so grateful to the City of New Orleans for the permit approval so that the grieving fans can have an opportunity for catharsis. So on Blackout & Gold Sunday, we shall mourn the untimely ending to the Saints Season, and will move forward with a quintessential New Orleans celebration steeped in tradition. This is a celebration of who we are, as a people, as a city and as a Who Dat Nation, and our spirits cannot be defeated. We love our New Orleans Saints!” Bergeron said in a statement.
Bergeron said more details are in the works. Updates for people looking to attend or support the parade will be posted on the event page.
For more information about the parade, visit the Facebook page for updates.