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Shakespeare Gets a Second Line (Video)

While much of NOLA was debating the merits and shortcomings of celebrity second lines, the tradition was being embraced across the pond. With a little help from Tulane, a second line marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and birth delighted the people of Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

Fire on the Beyou

NOLA in Beyoncé's "Lemonade"

The Bey Hive is buzzing about New Orleans, but the Crescent City was not stung by the latest export from the Queen Bey. On Saturday (4.23) Beyonce dropped her one hour video art installment, “Lemonade” on HBO for one day. The 12 track film and album generated much lots of talk from culturistas, but at NoDef HQ, our priorities are local. The complete breakdown of the local references follows.

Jazz Funeral Set for Lionel Ferbos

Lionel Ferbos, the city's oldest jazz musician at the time of his death, will get a jazz funeral sendoff next month. Services for the trumpeter, who passed away July 19 at the age of 103, will take place on the same weekend as Satchmo Summerfest, where he often played.

Jazz Funeral Slated Sat. for George H. Buck

The public is invited to honor the recently-departed trad jazz producer and Palm Court Jazz Cafe co-founder George H. Buck on Saturday, December 21. In fitting fashion for a man wo devoted his life to music, Buck will be honored with a traditional jazz funeral.

Jazz Funeral, Memorial Service Planned to Honor Nelson Mandela

New Orleanians know that the death of a leader is marked by a week of events, and Nelson Mandela is getting the full treatment. In addition to the memorial at Gallier Hall, the city is also planning a memorial service on Friday for the South African anti-aparthied hero. And, fittingly, there will be a jazz funeral.

All Saints' Day Tribute in Treme Honors Mardi Gras Indian Ancestor

The rich traditions of the Mardi Gras Indian community are maintained through honor and respect, for members of the community and especially for ancestors. All Saints’ Day is another opportunity for members to pay tribute, and the honoree for this year's procession through Treme is Big Chief Cyril "Iron Horse" Green.

Uncle Lionel Batiste Funeral is Today, Friday

After two weeks of parading, it's time to send Uncle Lionel Batiste home. The late, great bass drummer and local luminary, who died July 8 after a battle with cancer, will get a funeral send-off that starts Thursday evening, and extends into Friday afternoon with a jazz funeral.

Scenes From Coco Robicheaux's Jazz Funeral

There was no hearse baring Coco Robicheaux's body Monday afternoon. But when the police escort arrived late, a walk through the gates was in order. The huge brass band assembled played "A Closer Walk With Thee" and Jennifer Jones lead the procession from the corner of Chartres and Frenchmen into nearby Washington Square Park. With no internment necessary inside the gates, the party began. Hundreds gathered on the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter to Walk with the Spirit one final time, and send off the 64-year-old bluesman and New Orleans icon, who passed after collapsing at the Apple Barrel Nov. 25. Click through for photos.

Funeral for Wardell Quezergue is Monday

The Creole Beethoven will get his requiem tomorrow in the Seventh Ward. The funeral of Wardell Quezergue, the legendary arranger, producer and bandleader who died last week at the age of 81, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Corpus Christi Church (2022 St. Bernard Ave.). From Fats Domino to Professor Longhair to Paul Simon, Quezergue worked with many of the luminaries of American music. The writer of "It Ain't My Fault" will no doubt be sent home in true New Orleans style.

Today's Events: 5/13/11

May 13th, the birth of the LSU Tiger’s star outfielder, and Lafayette’s own Lyle Mouton (1969). Lyle played for the Tigers from 1989-1991, leading the team to the College World Series three consecutive years in a row. He then continued on in the Major Leagues, playing for the Chicao White Sox. After burning through the Baltimore Orioles, the Milwaukee Brewers, and a brief Japanese sting with the Yakult Swallows (only playing one year with each team), Mouton ended back down south with the Florida Marlins, who he played with until retiring in 2001. Happy Freaky Friday:

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