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Authentic Second Line Umbrellas for all Occasions From New Orleans



CUSTOM MADE SECOND LINE UMBRELLA BY ELLEN ROBINSON


WEDDINGS • RETIREMENT • BIRTHDAYS • FUNERALS • MARDI GRAS
ST. PATRICKS DAY • FOURTH OF JULY • NEW YEARS • CHIRSTMAS
SPORTING EVENTS • OVER THE HILL
CONVENTIONS • SWEET 16 • ANY OCCASION YOU CAN THINK OF


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ellen@secondlineumbrella.com
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History of the Second Line Umbrella

New Orleans is a city rich in its history, its culture, and its traditions. It is known worldwide for its food, its music, and its celebrations. Among those celebrations most unique to New Orleans is the Jazz Funeral.

The Jazz Funeral in New Orleans dates back to the early 1800’s. It emerged as a collaborative effort among slaves and free people of color. For these events, people would pool their resources in order to provide a family or community member with a proper burial.

The funeral procession was always characterized by the family of the deceased who where the “first line” of mourners, the jazz band, and the “Second Line” --- the non-family members who would come to pay their respect and help celebrate the life of the deceased.

Traditionally, the “Second Line” mourners were characterized by their accessories --- fans, handkerchiefs, and umbrellas. All of these items were necessary for the long procession in the hot, southern sun.

One the way to the gravesite, the mourners would quietly walk to the slow, somber songs (dirges) played by the band. But once the deceased had been buried, a trumpets call would rally the crowd to celebrate the life of the deceased and help release his or her soul. It is during this jubilant celebration that the fans, handkerchiefs, and umbrellas became “props” used by the Second Liners as they stepped and danced to the celebratory music.

Over the course of time, the Second Line Umbrella has emerged as a dominant symbol of celebration in New Orleans. Today, the Second Line Umbrella is used to celebrate just about anything --- Mardi Gras, weddings, showers, graduations, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, sporting events, etc.

With the evolution of their use has come the evolution of their style. What was once just a regular necessity against the sun has become a highly decorated work of art. Second Line Umbrellas now reflect attitude and personal style as they twirl and spin as if to say “laissez les bons temps rouler”!

Contact Ellen Robinson for a free quote
ellen@secondlineumbrella.com
* PERSONALISED UMBRELLAS ARE AVAILABLE

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Second Line Umbrella's by Ellen
featured at the
2007 Essence Festival in New Orleans


On July 5th, the McDonold'd Corporation kick started their celebration of this year's 2007 Essence Festival with a true Secondline, exclusivly using custom Secondline Umbrellas created by Ellen. Ellen's umbrellas were used, along with nationally recognized Rebirth Brass Band, to begin McDonald's 365 Black Awards (an annual award ceremony held to acknowledge the accomplishments of African American businesses and community leaders).
This "party with a purpose" was held July 4th weekend at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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