In one of many local Super Bowl protests, more than 30,000 fired up Saints fans took to the streets for the “Blackout & Gold Second Line Parade” in response to the infamous “no-call.”
Now, the organizers of the massive second-line that garnered national attention wants to make another bold statement — setting a Guinness World Record.
Who Dats can join the record-attempt “Black & Gold Second Line parade” at New Orleans City Park’s Roosevelt Mall at noon on Nov. 3. The event aims to set a Guinness World Record title for “largest second-line.”
Event participants will be part of that record-attempt, with an official adjudicator from the renowned organization overseeing the efforts. The results will be shared at the conclusion of the event.
The Black & Gold Second Line promises to be a joyful celebration in quintessentially New Orleans fashion, with local brass bands, social and pleasure Clubs, Saints superfans and Mardi Gras Indians invited to be part of the event.
Marketing and public relations specialist Kim Bergeron, one of the event organizers, says she started tackling plans to set an official Guinness World Record just days following the highly-successful Blackout & Gold Second Line Parade. Many already proclaimed that event the largest second-line parade in New Orleans’ history. Now, they want to claim an official title.
“Our team began working toward this goal just days following the Blackout & Gold Second Line,” Bergeron said. “So it’s with great excitement that we are finally able to share the news and invite fans to join us for this very special celebration. It’s a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the Saints during a bye week with each participant potentially assisting in making history during this GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title-attempt. How cool is that?”
Bergeron says there are still a few surprises in development. The most up-to-date information will be shared via the blog’s RightBrainDiaries Facebook page.
“Our goal is to remain as true as possible to the authentic Second Line tradition,” Bergeron said. “As such, the procession will not include marching bands or dance groups other than the traditional New Orleans second line brass bands, Social & Pleasure Clubs and Mardi Gras Indians. And of course, we will have limited edition Black & Gold Second Line hankies, available as part of premium ticket packages.”
Participants for the “Black and Gold Second Line” will be asked to pay admission to help cover expenses. Advance tickets go on sale Aug. 15 via the event website, RightBrainDiaries.com/BlackAndGold. Tickets start at $20.
The Black & Gold Second Line parade is produced by RightBrainDiaries.com with support from Event Orchestrators and New Orleans Entertainment Coalition.