Arcade Fire Lead New Orleans Second Line Parade to Honor David Bowie [WATCH]
Staying true to their word, Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up to pay a unique tribute to a one-of-a-kind entertainer, David Bowie. Saturday night (Jan. 16) brought about a traditional second line parade as they flowed through the French Quarter streets in New Orleans with one man and his accomplishments in mind.
Win Butler, led hundreds of Bowie fans in an enormous sing-a-long of the "Fame" singer's greatest hits such as "Oh! You Pretty Things," "Suffragette City" and "Heroes"--all while fully equipped with a red megaphone in hand.
Arcade Fire, who collaborated with Bowie on a number of projects including its last album Reflektor, asked that their fans adorned themselves in their best possible "Bowie outfit or something more strange." Butler himself took part in the oddball celebrations, dressed in a bright pink jacket and face makeup resembling Aladdin Sane.
As the New Orleans Times Picayune notes, he gathering drew crowds of hundreds to the starting line at St. Peter Street in New Orleans, stuffing the Big Easy streets until they came across One Eyed Jack's nightclub.
"David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions," Arcade Fire said in a statement after Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10. "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."
Other artists such as Lady Gaga, Lorde, Paul McCartney, Flea, Elton John and Demi Lovato have all paid tribute to the glam rocker in some way, whether it be in the form of a letter, tweet, song or cover.