Remembering Bowie: Arcade Fire’s New Orleans Parade

by Peter Wendel
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BowieChangesOneIf you love the music of David Bowie – and you also happen to be a fan of Arcade Fire and the French Quarter of New Orleans – well then, you just hit the jackpot with this fantastic, heartwarming footage from one of America’s most hallowed musical meccas (see video below).

The official billing of last month’s parade/event: Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band Present “Pretty Things” A Memorial Parade for Bowie.

As Arcade Fire founding member Régine Chassagne says in the video, “Why a parade? Because we’re in New Orleans, and that’s how we do it here.” Ain’t that the truth. If you’ve ever been to Mardi Gras (and lived through it), you know the deal.

Arcade Fire is calling the clip “a short documentary,” which contains crowd shots, footage of the French Quarter and frontman Win Butler singing Bowie’s hit, “Heroes,” with throngs of revelers.

More on the parade and its backstory from Arcade Fire’s Facebook page:

Arcade Fire's Win Butler in 2007

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler in 2007

David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. 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.

David Bowie’s life and music are clearly worth both remembering and celebrating. Thanks to Arcade Fire for shining a light on the great gift Bowie gave to us all.

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at