The annual Mother’s Day second line parade is just days away and organizers say this year’s event is especially purposeful.
The fun was interrupted by gunfire and injuries last year.
Organizers told WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter why returning to the scene of the shooting is so important.
The Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club is gearing up for its 18th annual Mother’s Day
Second-Line Parade in the 7th Ward.
Last year’s family fun event was cut short when singing and dancing turned to terror; as gunfire erupted sending crowds running for cover.
“And for that to happen on that day, it really messed me up,” Big 7 President Edward Buckner said.
Nineteen people were hit.
“One lady was leaning up against the nursery; another young man was in the middle of the street lying down.” “One young man was sitting down.” “He had a gunshot wound to his leg.”
Ed Buckner helped organize the parade that was ruined with widespread, bloodshed.
He says he wasn’t worried about months of planning at the time.
“It was just about all of them people laid out hurt, laid on the street. Worrying about them, worrying about how we gonna get some help in there.”
This year security is again top of mind; for organizers and police.
“Everybody that’s in charge of trying to make that day happen we gonna have to do a great job and a little bit over to make sure that everybody is safe.”
The NOPD will place extra officers on patrol.
“And I have full confidence that our officers are going to be out there and they’re going to do a fantastic job that day.”
A special jam session is planned to take place at the intersection where the shooting happened.
“We just ready to get to Frenchman and Villere and I mean we’re ready to throw down. We ready to get to that spot and do it.”
The parade begins in the 18-hundred block of Elysian Fields. It will take a slightly different route. A special performance is planned at the intersection of Frenchman and North Villere Streets.