David Bowie tributes: Arcade Fire honors singer with New Orleans second line parade
Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band took to the streets on Saturday to pay tribute to David Bowie with a second line parade through New Orleans.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler led the crowd in renditions of Bowie classics like “Oh! You Pretty Things,” “Fame,” and “Heroes” as hundreds of fans moved through the French Quarter. The official event page for the parade invited participants to “dress in your best Bowie outfit or something more strange.”
Bowie was a longtime supporter of Arcade Fire, and he even provided backing vocals on the band’s 2013 track “Refkletor.”
“David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions,” Arcade Fire said in a statement earlier this week. “He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”
Watch fan-shot videos of the parade above.