Saugatuck Second Line ~ A Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

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Check in for route updates, pre-ordered party kits and dinner tickets. 

The Saugatuck Second Line is an annual brass band parade & Mardi Gras Pub Crawl through downtown Saugatuck’s favorite pubs and watering holes. It celebrates cultural traditions of New Orleans through our Midwestern lens. You’re invited to join in the experience, walking or dancing in the “second line” following the band, sharing smiles and laughs as we look forward to the seasons ahead. Dress for the occasion, twirl parasols and wave handkerchiefs, or come as you are.

In 2024 we’re bringing the band inside each parade stop, and adding presold party kits, advance dinner tickets and some other fun new twists to our route and stops. It all begins at Wally’s and ends up at The Southerner with a New Orleans inspired feast. 

Saugatuck Second Line is envisioned as a tradition that continues to bring people together, honor American culture, and contribute to our vibrant community. We have committed to share sponsorship proceeds with two area nonprofits, Red Horse Center for Collaborative Leadership to support youth development in Allegan County. 

Laissez les bons temps rouler!  (“Let the good times roll…”)


What do I need to know about attending?

  • We’re an all-weather event, but we’re also visting each pub/parade stop along the way, so you will be outdoors, but not for the entire time. 
  • We encourage colorful dress, especially sporting Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. 
  • We’re here to help, with pre-sold party kits that include, beads, boas, t-shirts and more. 
  • Official start time is 4 pm ,with music starting around 4:30 pm.  The Second Line will be leaving Wally’s at 5 pm. Each parade stop however, will be hosting their own shindig, so check below for start times, specials and any other details and come out early. 
  • Our route will be published here, so you can start and finish with us, or join the fun along the way. 
  • Dinner Tickets will be sold by the Southerner in advance this year, so you can save your spot for the buffet and good times. Check out the link below!

What's a Second Line?

Second Lines – neighborhood celebrations in the form of brass band parades – are considered a “quintessential New Orleans art form,” 

Associations known as Social Aid or Pleasure Clubs and Benevolent Societies were created by and for African-Americans following the Civil War to provide support, education and aid to their members. These clubs hosted parties and parades to celebrate their community, invite new members, and honor each other when they died, traditions known as jazz funerals and second lines. As segregation faded, the purpose of these clubs changed, but their traditions and celebrations, especially second lines – exciting walking parades that snake through the neighborhoods, continue today. 

Second Lines are ongoing testaments to the strength & vibrancy of communities coming together. 

All of this transpired in the home of Congo Square, the birthplace of Jazz – where African, Caribbean, & Latin rhythms drove melodies and essential expression. These musical influences created an epicenter for what would become American music, and were transformed literally and figuratively when they moved, through marching instrumentation of brass and drums.

The “main line” of these parades is made up of guests of honor, like club members, the bride and groom, or the casket and family in a funeral, and of course, the band! As these walking parades snake through neighborhoods, people are encouraged and invited to join in, creating “the second line” for which they are named. These revelers walk or dance, shuffle & strut, all while twirling parasols & waving handkerchiefs. It is an informal gathering of people taking to the streets to connect with each other, celebrate or mourn — to be seen and heard. 



The Parade Route: 

It’s a walking brass-band pub crawl, so times are definitely approximate.  Start anywhere you like and we look forward to dancing in the streets!

4 pm : Official Start Time
4:30 – 5:00 Wally’s (Departing at 5 pm)
5:15 – 5:30: Phil’s
5:35 – 5:50: Sand Bar
6:00 – 6:15: The Butler
6:20 – 6:35: Wick’s Park
6:45: Arrive at The Southerner
8 pm (ish) Post-dinner jam @ The Southerner

Supporting Horses Empowering Youth Allegan County


We are fundraising to support costs for a collection of facilitated programs that provide equitable access to trauma-informed, experiential learning. They include mental health support, therapeutic art, and leadership development for students, faculty, and staff in collaboration with nature, art, dogs and horses.

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Mardi Gras Buffet 

& After Party

You’re welcome to enjoy the end of the day’s Mardi Gras festivites with The Southerner & Great Lakes Brass. An all-you-can-eat New Orleans buffet, and a great time to be had with an after dinner set by Great Lakes Brass! Get your tickets early to ensure you have a space inside, as capacity is limited. Tickets at the door will be $40.


11:30 AM- 2 AM

All day happy hour
$2 off all drafts, house wine & Tito’s
$3 off all appetizers & specialty drinks
$10 12 inch, 1 topping pizzas

Open at 4 pm

$5 Draft Beers

Opens from 10 am to 2 AM

Open from 4 pm – 9 pm


Muffaletta Sandwich

Cajun Salmon over Dirty Risotto

Second Line Party Kits

 Second Line Party Kits! 

Ordering is closed, although there are a couple T-shirts available for ordering here, or day-of. 

Party Kit Pickup begins 

Friday, Feb 9th at 5 pm

at Wick’s Park Bar and Grille

(check your email for more info)

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