About the Krewe of Black & Gold

Limited to 500 Founding Members – one time membership donation $25

The Krewe of Black & Gold: origin

The Krewe of Black & Gold took roots in 2019, and the organization was planning its inaugural event until those efforts were thwarted by COVID-19. As shutdowns led to postponement of that event and the tragic losses of so many lives, followed by devastating hurricanes with additional losses, it became evident that a change of the initial plans was needed. What has resulted is the Spirit of Louisiana Jazz Funeral and Second Line, an authentic New Orleans jazz funeral and second line honoring those who have perished during the shutdowns when funerals were restricted.

Sponsorship opporunities in support of this event and those being honored are now available. Additionally, individuals who wish to support the effort and show gratitude to those being honored by this event may do so by joining the Krewe of Black and Gold as a Founding Member. Your generosity helps toward bringing this much-needed event to Louisiana.

The one-time membership donation is $25 for a Founding Membership or $50 for a VIP Founding Membership, all of which will be utilized toward compensation for the New Orleans culture bearers, including brass bands, Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs and Mardi Gras Indians, plus production costs and fees for the 2024 event. Only 500 Founding Members’ opportunities are available, so early confirmation is strongly encouraged.

As a Founding Member, you’ll receive the following member benefits:

  • Founding Member’s Krewe of Black & Gold deluxe, custom-cast coin (limited edition of 500)
  • Listing in online member directory (optional)
  • Opportunity to add a complementary online dedication for the 2024 Spirit of Louisiana Second Line 
  • Opportunity to purchase limited edition Krewe of Black & Gold merchandise
  • The pride of being part an official member of the Krewe of Black and Gold, the organization presenting this historic event

VIP Founding Members receive deluxe membership packages

All gifts from Founding Member’s package plus:

  • Founding Member’s deluxe lapel pin
  • Krewe of Black & Gold Founding Member’s second line hankie
  • VIP listing in online member directory (optional)
  • Priority listing of online dedication for the 2024 Spirit of Louisiana Second Line 

A one-time membership donation of $25 Founding Member or $50 VIP Founding Member

Our inaugural event, the Spirit of Louisiana Jazz Funeral & Second Line, will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 amidst the moss-draped oaks of New Orleans City Park’s Festival Grounds.

While Founding Members are provided lifetime membership, some special events will be ticketed to cover event costs. Plans for a 2025 event commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina are currently underway, with details forthcoming soon. 

We anticipate the Krewe of Black & Gold memberships will sell out quickly. Memberships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to give a Founding Membership as a gift?

Upon completion of your checkout, you will be redirected to a confirmation page with a printable .pdf gift certificate that you can present to your recipient in person or via email.

Thank you for your support of this event!