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How New Orleans celebrates the life of Aretha Franklin

In NOLA, we remember the lives of our musical legends and icons in a way unlike anywhere else.

When the news broke that the Queen of Soul had moved on from this life broke, we knew there would be grieving. We were also pretty sure that New Orleans wouldn’t let Auntie Aretha join Prince, Whitney and others without an essential New Orleans send-off– a second-line parade.

Sure enough, on Thursday around 8 p.m., the second-line parade began in Treme along Claiborne Avenue and included musicians and culture-bearers from a variety of New Orleans brass bands and from the Treme Sidewalk Steppers. Former The Voice contestant, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, helped lead the parade and sang “I’ll Fly Away.” The Advocate’s Keith Spera estimated that there about 300 in the crowd, and that the musicians played for about 45 minutes straight.

Check out Boyd-Cannon’s Facebook Live footage as she and others second-lined down Claiborne Avenue.

Rest on #AuntieArethaFranklin! We rolled for you! #RollForAretha

Posted by Tonya Boyd-Cannon on Thursday, August 16, 2018

And these clips from throughout the evening from Michael Tisserand:

A few scenes and sounds from tonight’s second line honoring Aretha Franklin. The power voice you can hear singing “Roll for Aretha” belongs to Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

Posted by Michael Tisserand on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Others are finding other ways to remember the musical legend whose unparalleled vocals evoked warm memories and feelings of empowerment. Amanda Loftis dipped to a bounce remix of Aretha’s “It Hurts Like Hell” from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack in remembrance of the Queen.

WHR MY #NewOrleans PPL AT🕵🕵🕵..WE GONE DIP FO TEEDIE ARETHA FRANKLIN #RipArethaFranklin😇😇😇 #LetsGoLetsGoLetsGooooo💃💃🕺🕺…

Posted by Amanda Loftis on Thursday, August 16, 2018