Arcade Fire have finally released a short documentary on their David Bowie memorial parade that they threw in New Orleans last month. The parade was a collaboration between Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in order to pay tribute to the late "Blackstar" legend.
The Facebook page for the event listed it as “Pretty Things” in a nod to the Hunky Dory track “Oh! You Pretty Things” and requested that those attending the event don their “best Bowie outfit or something more strange.”
The über short documentary has several shots of the parade and there is even a short segment of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler singing “Heroes” with the crowd. The band also tweeted a thank you to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as well as the city of New Orleans for allowing the huge crowds to gather in the French Quarter.
When Bowie passed away in January Butler wrote, “I will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of my life.”
Thanks to the Preservation Hall & the city of New Orleans. We hope David could hear the noise and feel the deep love https://t.co/Lj4yGfIg2X
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) February 10, 2016
The parade had a special significance for Arcade Fire, as Bowie was a great supporter of theirs early on in their career. The band had collaborated on multiple projects with Bowie in the past, including their Reflektor album.
In a statement released shortly after Bowie’s death the band said, “David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. 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.”