Common Will Grand Marshal Parade to Celebrate the Legacy of Chicago and New Orleans Music
Rapper/actor Common is teaming up with the National Park Foundation to bring the musical influence of New Orleans to parks in his hometown of Chicago.
“Park Exchange Series” is a three part event, and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Foundation. Common is set to usher in New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to parks in his hometown.
“Chicago and New Orleans are two culturally diverse cities with rich histories in music and I’m honored that the National Park Service and National Park Foundation invited me to be a part of this experience,” said Common. “I grew up on the Southside of Chicago and think the second line will be an especially meaningful and wonderful tradition for our community. I hope this event will inspire people to find their park.” - AllHipHop
After Common delivers his opening remarks, he will serve as honorary grand marshall for the parade that will be lead to Washington Park by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and New Orleans’s Treme Brass Band. The event is set for June 11, at 11:30 a.m.