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New Orleans says gunfire at Mother's Day parade won't end city's 'second line' tradition

  • Darryl J. Albert, New Orleans Police Department Deputy Superintendent, left smiles as New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu congratulates SWAT Team member Frankie Watts Sr. after at a news conference at North Villere and Frenchman Streets in New Orleans, Thursday, May 16, 2013, about two recent arrests made in the Mother's Day parade shooting.  Two brothers with a history of drug arrests and ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to the neighborhood Mother’s Day parade. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

    Darryl J. Albert, New Orleans Police Department Deputy Superintendent, left smiles as New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu congratulates SWAT Team member Frankie Watts Sr. after at a news conference at North Villere and Frenchman Streets in New Orleans, Thursday, May 16, 2013, about two recent arrests made in the Mother's Day parade shooting. Two brothers with a history of drug arrests and ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to the neighborhood Mother’s Day parade. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Shawn Scott, 24, a suspect in the Mother's Day parade shooting  is led out of the New Orleans 5th District Police Station, Thursday, May 16, 2013 in New Orleans. Shawn and Akein Scott. two brothers with a history of drug arrests and suspected ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to a neighborhood Mother's Day parade. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

    Shawn Scott, 24, a suspect in the Mother's Day parade shooting is led out of the New Orleans 5th District Police Station, Thursday, May 16, 2013 in New Orleans. Shawn and Akein Scott. two brothers with a history of drug arrests and suspected ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to a neighborhood Mother's Day parade. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2011 file photo, a member of the Big 9 marching club plays trumpet in a second line  commemorating the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. New Orleans officials and cultural advocates say the Mother’s Day parade shootings that left 20 people injured won’t spell the end of second-line parades, the local tradition that celebrates the city and its people. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2011 file photo, a member of the Big 9 marching club plays trumpet in a second line commemorating the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. New Orleans officials and cultural advocates say the Mother’s Day parade shootings that left 20 people injured won’t spell the end of second-line parades, the local tradition that celebrates the city and its people. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)  (The Associated Press)

New Orleans officials and cultural advocates say the Mother's Day parade shootings that left 20 people injured won't spell the end of second-line parades, the local tradition that celebrates the city and its people.

Police this week arrested two brothers and charged them with 20 counts each of attempted second-degree murder. They're accused of firing into a second line, scattering the crowd and wounding 19 with gunfire. One person was hurt fleeing.

In a second-line parade, watchers of a street procession of brass band musicians and elaborately clad marchers often join in, forming a second line of marchers.

Second-line parades have been around for generations as part of Mardi Gras and other holiday celebrations, and are perhaps best known as a feature of the city's famed jazz funerals.