Frequently Asked Questions
How many participants are needed to set the record?
Provided all of the Guinness World Records requirements are followed, we will set the record with as few as 1,000 participants. Given the dedication of Saints fans, this means it’s almost certain that participants will arrive as fans and leave as part of the official record for largest ‘second line.’
Are vending opportunities available?
Due to the nature of this event, no vending opportunities are available at this time, other than the invitation we have extended to the local non-profits to sell beverages, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the organizations and their services to children. You may also bring your own beverages and fare, but no ice chests will be permitted within the barricaded route. Please utilize the waste receptacles provided along the route to dispose of any trash.
Can our dance group or band participate?
Other than the adaptations we must make for Guinness World Records requirements, we are making every effort to remain as true as possible to the authenticity and tradition of New Orleans Second Lines. As such, we cannot accommodate dance troupes or marching bands, other than traditional second line brass bands and New Orleans’ Social and Pleasure Clubs invited to be part of this event.
However, groups that wish to participate in the procession may wear matching uniforms or t-shirts to represent their businesses, organizations, schools, scout troops and more. Please remember, this is a family-friendly event and dress accordingly.
Are vehicles allowed?
No unauthorized vehicles are permitted within the barricaded route. This includes motorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, scooters or any other wheeled vehicles. The exceptions are baby strollers and wheeled accommodations for handicapped individuals.
Are volunteers needed for the event?
Yes, please! We are required by Guinness World Records to station stewards all along the barricades to ensure that no one enters the route at any point other than the designated entry point. Additionally, stewards will ensure that anyone who leaves the route prior to crossing the end point, or attempts short cuts instead of completing the entire route, not permitted re-entry. Those participants’ racer bib numbers will be recorded and participants are disqualified from the record attempt.
To sign up as a volunteer, please click here.
How long is the Second Line route?
In order to meet Guinness World Records requirements, the minimum length of the route is one mile. The second line will take place in New Orleans City Park’s Roosevelt Mall.
Who is presenting this event?
The Black & Gold Second Line parade is brought to you by RightBrainDiaries.com/KB Productions, with support from Event Orchestrators and New Orleans Entertainment Coalition. Collectively, these organizations comprise a small team of Saints fans working together to bring a unique opportunity to the community. Presenters have a history of providing community service, disaster relief services and successful philanthropic efforts benefiting non-profits in the metropolitan New Orleans area. See additional information here: The Beatles Adventures, Hope for Habitat: Katrina X and The Train of Hope for Sandy Relief.
The grassroots effort has no official affiliation with the New Orleans Saints, the NFL or any organization other than the three listed above.
Are event sponsorship opportunities available?
Absolutely! Sponsorship opportunities start at $500, and include a special package of benefits, as well as ensuring that you and/or your business or organization carves its place in history by being part of this Guinness World Records official attempt for largest ‘second line.’ For sponsorship information, email SecondLine@RightBrainDiaries.com.
LOOKING FORWARD, MOVING AHEAD: As was the case with the Second Line we produced on February 3, we will celebrate the New Orleans Saints in a positive, upbeat event, honoring the team’s request that fans not look back, but focus on moving forward toward the championship game in February of 2020.
PARKING/LOGISTICS: Participants may opt to park within City Park in any of the parking lots that are accessible to the general public. Additionally, the park is easily accessible by RTA buses and street cars. The Black & Gold Second Line will take place in City Park’s Roosevelt Mall, with event check-in near Tad Gormley Stadium.
Roosevelt Mall will remain open to traffic prior to the procession; however please note that any vehicles that park within the route area will not be able to leave the area until such time as the procession has ended.
EVENT CHECK-IN: Online pre-registration opportunities will be available for this event. Your pre-registration will expedite your check-in experience and will ensure your name is officially included as part of the event. Walk-up registrations also are available via a separate registration line. Participants may check in as early as 10 am, at which time you will receive your participant wristband. Once checked in, you may leave the area if desired, but please return by 11:30 am to begin lining up for the parade. Your tabbed wristband will be required for entrance into the official, barricaded route. Upon route entry, you will receive your keepsake, numbered racer bib, which should be worn for the entire length of the procession. Your wristband tab will be removed and deposited at the end of the race to ensure you are part of the official Guinness World Records count.
OFFICIAL PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS: In order to meet Guinness World Records’ requirements, the entire one-mile route will be barricaded. Participants may enter only at the designated entry point, which will be monitored by auditors. Event stewards will be posted all along the route, from start to finish, to ensure that participants complete the entire length of the race. No one will be permitted to enter the route at any point other than the designated entrance; additionally, participants who leave the procession, or who attempt to cross over mid-route, without proceeding the entire length of the route, will be disqualified from the total record count and removed from the procession. Individuals without the official racer bibs will not be permitted to participate in any part of the route.
BEING IN THAT NUMBER: Guinness World Records requires participation “in the spirit of a second line.” This includes spirited walking, second line dancing, waving hankies and/or twirling umbrellas. With the exception of the adjustments that must be made to ensure the integrity of the Guinness World Records final count, our objective is to honor the New Orleans Second Line tradition. As such, the event will not include choreographed dance ensembles or marching bands. Strollers and accommodations for the physically impaired are permitted, but bicycles, skateboards, vehicles and any other wheeled components will not be permitted within the official route. Additionally, no pets will be permitted within the route.
As you exit the barricaded route, you will submit the tab from your wristband to auditors, and tabs will be used to validate the official participant count. On the day of the event, a Guinness World Records official adjudicator will be on site to verify the record count, and if achieved, will pronounce successful achievement of the official record for the largest ‘second line.’ This record will be set with as few as 1,000 verified participants who complete the full procession. This means you will arrive a fan, and will, in all likelihood, leave as a Guinness World Records largest ‘second line’ champion!
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Thank you again for being part of this event as we carve a place in Saints’ fan history!