Friends, family send Leah Chase off in New Orleans fashion (Photos) – Mid-City Messenger



A brass band leads a second-line from St. Louis No. 3, where Leah Chase was buried, to City Park on Monday. (Zach Brien,

Leah Chase, long the city’s queen of Creole cuisine, was laid to rest Monday in St. Louis No. 3 on Esplanade Avenue. Friends and family celebrated in New Orleans fashion with music, food and dance.

A brass band including Big Sam Williams, of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, on trombone led friends and family of Miss Leah in a second-line, playing numbers like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “E Flat Blues.” When the music and dancing finished, the food and shade were ready. There was fried chicken from McHardy’s and red beans.

John-Michael Early keeps time with the brass band during the second-line for Leah Chase on Monday afternoon. (Zach Brien,

Mourners second-lined from St. Louis No. 3 to the repast outside of the New Orleans Museum of Art. (Zach Brien,

Courtney Kappes, left, and Julie Sanders show their support for Leah Chase as the second-line passes in City Park on Monday afternoon. (Zach Brien,

Fried chicken and red beans is served to attendees of the repast outside of NOMA on Monday, June 10. (Zach Brien,

McHardy’s Chicken & Fixins provided the fried chicken for Leah Chase’s repast. (Zach Brien,

Chief Kenny Young of the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians leads a song in honor of Leah Chase outside of NOMA. (Zach Brien,

Big Sam Williams blows his trombone during a second-line for Leah Chase on Monday, June 10. (Zach Brien,


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