The Treme neighborhood of New Orleans was a purple sea of parasols, balloons, wigs and boas on Monday night, as thousands of people honored Prince with an exuberant "second line" parade — a traditional New Orleans celebration, led by brass bands.
The event started at Oo Poo Pah Doo Bar, where singer-cellist Monica McIntyre read a poem written by fellow New Orleans musician Arsene DeLay. The bar is owned by Trombone Shorty's family and his brother, James Andrews, lead the second line with his Crescent City All-Stars band and Chief Alfred Doucette, who donned a purple "Prince of Peace" Mardi Gras Indian costume.
The musicians and dancers followed a hearse with a purple light on top and a horse-drawn carriage leading a casket draped in purple cloth. At one point during the procession, three men crawled on top of a rooftop to dance enthusiastically as the costumed crowd cheered below.