A Summer Second Line

The annual Jazzmobile is a sure sign that summer has arrived in Harlem. This year, the outdoor jazz concert founded by Dr. Billy Taylor in 1964,  kicked it up a notch by marking the first day of summer with a New Orlean’s style second line parade through the streets of Harlem.

The brass and percussion band started at 121st Street and Morningside Park and marched across 124th Street to Marcus Garvey Park. Parade participants handed out mini tamborines and color handkerchiefs to surprised pedestrians, many who fell in line and joined the procession heading east. In true Harlem style, people on stoops smiled and clapped, while apartment dwellers craned their heads out of their upper floor apartments to catch a glimpse of the passing festivities.

Be sure to view our accompanying slideshow of the parade.

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