Second Line Street Party

Meet at Red Stair Amphitheatre,
1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank


Join the jubilant energy of the quintessential New Orleans art form—the second line parade—as this mobile street party weaves its way through Melbourne’s inner city, kicking off the 2023 festival in grand style.

New Orleans legends of the Second Line, the Hot 8 Brass Band, will lead a joyous and jumping musical march along the Yarra, through Southbank and Federation Square, joined by Melbourne’s very own brass masters, Horns of Leroy.

Channelling the same spontaneous and ecstatic all-in parades historically seen in the streets of New Orleans, this 15-person strong all-star brass band is guaranteed to get you moving. So if you feel like funkin’ it up, put on your marching shoes—rain or shine—and join in the fun! Beads, brightly coloured outfits, and unabashed singing and dancing are all highly encouraged.

The afternoon continues with a free outdoor concert at Fed Square by the Hot 8 Brass Band and Horns of Leroy, followed by jazz and soul legends Thndo and Rita Satch (see here for details).

Second Line departs from Southbank at 1:00pm – early arrival recommended. Stay tuned for Second Line route details.


This event is part of Ignite Melbourne, supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund—a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

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