Sunday, December 16, 2012

Second Line Jazz Band, New Orleans

The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. French Quarter architecture is a mix of Spanish, French, Creole and American styles. Plastered walls and single chimneys reflect laws enacted after fire virtually destroyed the city in 1788 and 1794. Cast iron balconies were added to many masonry buildings after 1850, when Baroness Pontalba included them on her fashionable row houses near Jackson Square.

New Orleans jazz musicians perform on street corners. At funerals and celebrations alike, the audience frequently joins in to “ second line” , dancing as they follow the jazz band through the streets.

Two out a set of four Christmas stamps 2012.


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