The Oakland Second Line Project

The Oakland Second Line Project is a free cultural community experience bringing the authentic African roots of Second Line History and spirit of community building from New Orleans to POC communities of Oakland, Ca.

Family Friendly, Free, & Open to All Ages

Community Services
Neighborhood Networking
Kids Literacy & History Corner
Authentic New Orleans Second Line w/ MJ’s Brass Boppers
Second Line Dance Classes
Community Drum Circle
& Much More

The culminating Second Line and celebration of the ancestors will be led by Big Chief “Hatchet” aka Ray Blazio, East Oakland resident, Hurricane Katrina survivor, and founding member of the historic New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tribe, The Wild Apaches.

Learn More about Big Chief Hatchet and his Oakland to New Orleans connection in this video:

To donate, volunteer, or get more information on how you or your organization you can be a part or support the movement, please contact us at: