A bitterly cold Fat Tuesday meant fewer people joined the 2nd Line Parade led by the Saint Boogie Brass Band and Jennings High School Marching Band as they traveled along Euclid from Washington to Maryland Plaza. There, the bands joined the McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band for a group performance. The Fat Tuesday event, the first of what we hope will become a tradition in the neighborhood, ended at 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine.
The parade route started at Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington where the Saint Boogie Brass Band performed before marching to Pi at the corner of Euclid and McPherson.
There they were joined by the Jennings High School Marching Band.
Some of the hardy souls who joined in the 2nd Line Parade.
At the corner of Maryland and Euclid the bands converged with the McCluer South-Berkeley Band, below.
The high school band members were troopers to battle the cold as they entertained the crowd that had gathered for their group performance, above and below.
Finally, I wanted to share a favorite moment featuring one of Jennings High School’s Band Members during last holiday season’s Window Walk.
Thanks to Kate Haher, Executive Director of CWENorthCID, Erica Lembo, Marketing and Communications Director, and intern, Ellie Stuhlreyer for producing this fun event. And special thanks to all the band members who braved the elements to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the CWE.
DJ Crucial, above, entertained the crowd into the night following the costume contest.
There will be live music in the neighborhood all day today—the first day of summer—as the CWE joins in the celebration of Make Music Day, an international event. Ten neighborhood venues will be hosting musical acts including Evangeline’s, above, where earlier today staff from the CWE’s Jackson Pianos placed one of their pianos. Other businesses hosting live events include Left Bank Books, Straub’s, Mike’s Bikes, Citizen Park, and Schlafly Library (see entire list here).
To build awareness for Make Music Day students from Normandy High School’s marching band brought music to the streets Sunday afternoon June 3, see below.
Normandy High School recently won 1st place for best marching band in the Annie Malone parade.
Today’s festivities include a youth drum circle at 6 p.m. led by the School of Rock on Maryland Plaza. (The first 25 children to arrive will receive free drumsticks.) At 6:30 p.m. brass instrument players are invited to meet at the corner of Euclid and Washington to join a second line procession that will march through the neighborhood.
The first Fête de la Musique was held in 1982 in France. In 2016 The Central West End was among the first St. Louis neighborhood to participate in the global celebration. Today more than 700 cities around the world host their own Make Music Day.
For more information on today’s events visit CWE Scene. Many thanks to the North CWE Business Community Improvement District and the organization’s executive director Kate Haher for bringing this joyous event to the neighborhood.