Arcade Fire staged a celebration of the life and music of David Bowie in New Orleans over the weekend, bringing the centre of the US city to a standstill. Organised by Win Butler’s baroque-rockers and former Bowie collaborators the Preservational Hall Jazz Band, the procession marched through the city performing The Thin White Duke’s most famous songs, effectively shutting down entire streets of New Orleans in the process. Here’s a few snaps from the parade.
Hundreds of Bowie fans flooded the streets of central New Orleans as the Thin White Duke's music poured forth from numerous speaker stacks.
Fans of all ages turned up dressed as the man's famous characters - here's two fans looking resplendent in the make-up of Bowie's Aladdin Sane persona.
Some even designed placards to honour Bowie's memory.
Bowie and Arcade Fire worked together frequently in the last years of his life. The Brixton-born singer first joined Win Butler (pictured here) and co on stage at a Fashion Rocks concert in 2005 for a rendition of 'Wake Up', which turned out to be the 27-studio-album-veteran's penultimate live show. In 2013, Bowie sang a guest vocal on the title song of their most recent album, 'Reflektor'.
The parade was a joyous and raucous affair, with smiles all around.
Earlier this week, frontman Butler (pictured here with wife Régine Chassagne) paid tribute to the "true artist" who welcomed the band into the music industry "with grace and warmth... I will take to the grave the moments we shared. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”
Some fans really adhered to the colourful dress code.
The Aladdin Sane look was certainly the dominant theme of the day.
With the streets filled, it was a triumphant and fitting send-off from New Orleans to the much-celebrated Spaceboy.