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The traditional New Orleans funeral is a celebration of life; at the grave site, wake or memorial. Live music gives tribute to a loved one. From “Just A Closer Walk with Thee” to “When The Saints Go Marching In”, this traditional musical send off symbolizes life’s journey and lifts the spirits.

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A typical Dixieland Jazz funeral begins with a march by family, friends, and neighbors, led by a Jazz band, from the home, funeral parlor or church to the cemetery. Throughout the march, the band plays somber songs and hymns. A change in the tenor of the ceremony takes place, after members of the procession say their final good bye and they "cut the body loose". After this the music becomes more upbeat, often starting with a hymn or spiritual number played in a swinging fashion, then going into popular New Orleans favorites. There is raucous music and cathartic dancing where onlookers join in to celebrate the life of the deceased. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the second line, and their style of dancing, in which they walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called second lining.

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