• 15th Annual Katrina March and Second Line
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15th anniversary of Hurricane

Katrina

15th Annual Katrina March and Second Line

August 29th, 2020
11:00 AM CST
North Gálvez St & Jourdan Ave
New Orleans

August 29th, 2020
11:00 AM CST
North Gálvez St & Jourdan Ave
New Orleans

Celebrate our Resiliency. Demand Justice.

August 29th is the 15 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We remember, we continue to demand justice, and will continue to demand justice until it is achieved.

15 Years of Commemoration and Advocacy

Join the livestream

Join from wherever you are. Stand in solidarity with the Gulf Coast communities who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina and experience the joy and beauty of this annual commemoration and Second Line.

We will be livestreaming the full day of activities on August 29th from 11am – 5pm CST here at Katrina15.com.

When Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast 15 years ago, Black people and poor people were left to die in the richest country in the world. Each year on the anniversary we commemorate our loved ones we lost, celebrate our resiliency, and demand justice and a just future.

Annual Katrina March and Second Line

Each and every year since Hurricane Katrina, we have marked the anniversary by organizing a community led commemoration. Annually on August 29th, we start the morning in the Lower 9th Ward where the levees broke, with a healing ceremony and a reading of the names of those who died. We then march through the streets until a brass band joins us at our half-way point to lead us the rest of the way in the New Orleans’ Second Line tradition. We end at Hunter’s Field where we hold a rally with speakers and performers. Join us this year for the 15 year anniversary.

Program

Saturday, August 29, 2020

11:00 AM CST

Healing Ceremony: Lower 9th Ward @ North Gálvez St. & Jourdan Ave.

Against the backdrop of where the levees broke in the lower 9th Ward, we hold a healing ceremony. Community members gather for a multi-faith prayer and a reading of the names of those who died during Hurricane Katrina.

11:30 AM CST

1:30 - 5:00 PM CST

Directions

Healing Ceremony

Lower 9th Ward

North Gálvez St. & Jourdan Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117

Rally

Hunter’s Field

N Claiborne Ave. & St Bernard Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116

The Route

COVID-19 Safety Recommendations

To participate in this event, we ask that you:

  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distance whenever possible
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use frequently.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, carrying other’s signs or touching objects that others have touched.

Click here for more detailed recommendations and what to do after the March & Second Line to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

For those who cannot or decide not to participate, we are livestreaming the event from Katrina15.com, and we invite you to join us virtually.

Add Your Name

As part of the continuum of Black struggle for justice in this country, Hurricane Katrina was the first major event of the 21st century that laid bare our struggle, which began 401 years ago when the first enslaved Africans were brought to our country.

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of Katrina, we are releasing a list of demands for justice. 

  • Defund police, invest in community programs of social uplift
  • Invest in education, health, housing, and Black businesses
  • Divest from fossil fuels and invest in a just transition for climate solutions. Otherwise we will only see more disasters such as Katrina in the Gulf Coast, throughout our country, and around the world.

Organizers

Partners

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For Media Inquiries
Hip Hop Caucus
media@hiphopcaucus.org
202.293.5902
 
For March and Second Line Information
New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation
1840 N. Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
504.342.6977

COVID-19 Safety Recommendations

We are in the midst of a viral pandemic that is transmitted through close contact. We encourage you to make the personal decision to participate in the Katrina March & Second Line activities taking into account risks to you and your close contacts if you were to develop COVID-19. 

We recognize, however, that the importance of commemorating the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and pursuing social justice and equity is to be balanced with concerns about COVID-19. We support those who choose to participate while making the effort to keep our communities protected from COVID-19.

These guidelines are not intended to discourage anyone from participating in the Katrina March & Second Line, but are instead to guide participation in a safe manner to the extent possible.

If you are symptomatic or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Do not participate if you feel ill, have active respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever (or other symptoms of COVID-19), or have recently been exposed to a close contact with documented COVID-19. We are livestreaming the full day from Katrina15.com, and invite you to participate online.

If you are asymptomatic and plan on joining the protest

  • Wear a mask or facial covering that fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Strongly consider wearing or having ready access to goggles or eye protection for added protection (avoid wearing contacts).
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use frequently.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, carrying other’s signs or touching objects that others have touched.
  • Attempt to limit your group size and maintain 6 feet of physical distance whenever possible during the activity.
  • Try to avoid crowded activities that involve shouting or singing in close proximity to others and avoid those who are not wearing masks or face coverings if possible. Bring your own water, food or other personal items.

After participating

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after this activity. If you develop even mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not go to work, self-isolate and call your doctor to get tested for COVID-19.

If others who participated in the March & Second Line, such as household members, close contacts or those who you had close contact with for more than 15 minutes in an enclosed space (e.g., a car) are diagnosed with COVID-19, follow recommendations for self-isolation and get tested for COVID-19.

We are in the middle of a public health pandemic, one which continues to highlight how Black and Brown communities remain vulnerable to natural disasters in this country at alarmingly higher rates than those of our white neighbours. Just as the COVID-19 mortality rates remain twice as high for Black people as for white people, August 29th marks fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina: a natural disaster which ravaged the Black communities in New Orleans.

As part of the continuum of Black struggle for justice in this country, Hurricane Katrina was the first major event of the 21st century that laid bare our struggle, which began 401 years ago when the first enslaved Africans were brought to our country.

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of Katrina, Hip Hop Caucus is releasing a list of demands for justice. Sign on today!

To achieve justice for Black America we MUST:

  • Defund police, invest in community programs of social uplift
  • Invest in education, health, housing, and Black businesses
  • Divest from fossil fuels and invest in a just transition for climate solutions. Otherwise we will only see more disasters such as Katrina in the gulf coast, throughout our country, and around the world.

Pledge to vote!

I stand for Black lives and climate justice and I will vote this November!

Take this pledge and Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! campaign will keep you updated with election reminders, tips, tools, and inspiration to make sure you are all set to vote this November.