Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Krewe of Black & Gold is a 501(c)(3) organization founded exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to honor the rich culture and traditions of New Orleans and Louisiana.

WHERE WILL THE PROCESSION BE HELD?

The Spirit of Louisiana Jazz Funeral and Second Line will be held on the walking trail circling the City Park’s Festival Grounds. Guests should enter near the Reunion Shelter, 4 Friedrichs Avenue.

IS THERE AN ADMISSION FEE?

The event is free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of grantors, sponsors and Krewe of Black and Gold memberships. The Spirit of Louisiana Jazz Funeral and Second Line is presented in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund, with support from New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and New Orleans Entertainment Coalition.

Only 500 Krewe of Black & Gold Founding Memberships are available, starting at only $25, with VIP Founding Memberships available for $50. For additional information, click here. For information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

WHAT TIME CAN GUESTS ARRIVE?

Attendees are welcome to arrive as early as 3 pm. The procession will begin at 4 pm.

WHAT TIME DOES THE EVENT END?

The procession will begin at City Park’s Reunion Shelter and will proceed along the one-mile walking trail circling the Festival Grounds. The procession will disband as participants arrive back at Reunion Shelter (approximately one hour in total.)

WILL CONCESSIONS BE AVAILABLE?

Bottled water and snacks will be available for purchase with 100% of proceeds benefiting Ozone Music Foundation/Ozone Songwriters Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, nurturing and empowering those who create, perform and enjoy original music. No alcohol will be served at this event.

ARE VENDING OPPORTUNTIES AVAILABLE?

Other than the concessions being offered by Ozone Music Foundation, no additional vending opportunities are available.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE?

Parking within City Park is limited, and ride sharing is encouraged. Public transportation is available via New Orleans RTA bus line and the Canal-City Park streetcar line, or attendees may arrive via bicycle, taxi or private car services. In order to ensure pedestrian safety and passenger drop-off opportunities, Friedrichs Avenue will be split with one lane serving as a pedestrian walkway for park entry at Reunion Shelter, and the second lane serving as a one-way lane for vehicular traffic with dropoff available at the Reunion Shelter entry, exiting the park at Wisner Blvd. The Reunion Shelter Parking lot is reserved for event staff, performing culture bearers and service providers.

WHAT IF IT RAINS? 

Events in City Park are generally held rain or shine. We will closely monitor the weather in the day leading up to this event and if it appears heavy rain is imminent, we will work to adjust the event starting time to circumvent that weather. If it looks like a light spring shower is in order, please bring your second line umbrella and join the procession.

WHERE CAN WE FIND EVENT UPDATES?

Please see updates on our News page and via our Facebook page.

ARE PETS ALLOWED?

In order to ensure the safety of all attendees and the smooth flow of this procession, we requet that pets not be brought to this event.

ARE MOTORIZED VEHICLES ALLOWED?

No vehicles (other than motorized wheelchairs) are allowed on the City Park Festival Grounds trail.

 

KREWE OF BLACK & GOLD FOUNDING MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Only 500 Founding Memberships are available. Memberships start at $25 for Founding Membership or $50 for VIP Founding Membership. Both include Founding Member gifts plus an opportunity to post online dedications for loved ones lost or messages of gratitude for recovery workers. For information about membership and benefits, click here.

Your membership donations are invaluable toward helping our non-profit organization cover the event production costs, including performance fees for the brass band, Social Aid & Pleasure Club, and Mardi Gras Indians, plus City Park rental fees, law enforcement/security detail, city permits and related event expenses.

Krewe of Black & Gold Founding Memberships make great gifts! If you’re planning to gift memberships, a printable gift certificate is available on the confirmation page after your purchase is completed.

 

SPIRIT OF LOUISIANA SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorships for the Spirit of Louisiana Jazz Funeral and Second Line range from $500 to $25,000. For more information about support of this event, click here.