Rock icon Fats Domino was celebrated in a most New Orleans way on Wednesday (Nov. 1) evening, when his hometown came out for a second line procession to honor the late “Blueberry Hill” singer who passed away on Oct. 24 at 89. The raucous march of thousands was packed with horn players, families, tambourines, colorful parasols, Mardi Gras Indians and some special guests, with police reporting as many as 10,000 attendees.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, among the attendees was Domino’s grandson, Chevis Domino, as well as fellow New Orleans musical icons Dr. John and Trombone Shorty, who gathered with some of Domino’s family on the porch of the singer’s former home on Caffin Ave. in the Lower Ninth Ward after the massive throng wound their way from Vaughan’s Lounge in the Bywater to the home Domino abandoned during Hurricane Katrina as floodwaters rose.
Domino’s family has not yet announced official funeral arrangements, but released a statement from daughter Adonica Domino following the procession thanking fans for “all the beautiful words, tributes and celebrations honoring our father. We would especially like to thank his beloved city of New Orleans. New Orleans is a city like none other and there was no place he would rather be.”
Check out some pictures from the second line below.
— NOLA Jazz Museum (@nolajazzmuseum) November 2, 2017
Big crowd has fallen in behind the band at Fats Domino second line pic.twitter.com/9YTViDPRuJ
— Keith Spera (@KeithSpera) November 1, 2017
The second line for Fats Domino is rolling pic.twitter.com/89K1GBYRuD
— Gambit (@The_Gambit) November 1, 2017
Fats Domino Second Line entering the Lower 9th right now. pic.twitter.com/nn8o3juQFT
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) November 1, 2017