Young Men Olympian club presents its 135th second-line parade on Sunday

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The Young Men Olympians leave their clubhouse on South Liberty Street up to Jackson Avenue in 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger file photo)

The Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association will present its second-line on Sunday afternoon. It is the group’s 135th annual parade.

The social aid and pleasure club club was established in 1884 and puts on one of the biggest parades of the season. The 2019 parade begins and ends at the club’s Norman Dixon Sr. Clubhouse at 2101 S. Liberty St., with stops at the Sportsman’s Lounge at Second and Dryades streets, the Big Man Lounge on Louisiana and PeeWee’s Crabcakes on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The four-hour parade begins at 1 sharp and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The parade will follow this route:

  • START: 2101 S. Liberty St. (Norman Dixon Sr. Clubhouse)
  • Proceed up Liberty
  • Left on Jackson Avenue
  • Right on Brainard to Philip Street
  • Up Philip to Baronne Street
  • Up Baronne to Second Street
  • Right on Second to Dryades (stop at Sportsman’s Lounge)
  • Back to Second to Danneel Street
  • Left on Danneel to Washington Avenue
  • Right on Washington
  • Up Washington to Magnolia Street
  • Left on Magnolia to Louisiana Street
  • Right on Louisiana (stop at Big Man Lounge)
  • Back to Louisiana to South Claiborne Avenue
  • Right on S. Claiborne Avenue
  • Right on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (stop at PeeWee’s Crabcakes)
  • Back to MLK to Simon Bolivar Avenue
  • Right on Simon Bolivar Avenue
  • Right on Jackson Avenue
  • Right on S. Liberty Street
  • END: 2101 S. Liberty St. (Norman Dixon Sr. Clubhouse)

Traffic will be restricted along the route. Expect road closures and traffic delays during the parade.

Call 504-658-8100 for parking enforcement if you are affected by illegal parking in the area.

RTA routes may experience delays or detours during the event. All RTA service alerts, updates, and detours can also be accessed by downloading the RTA’s GoMobile app. To learn more, visit or call Ride Line at 504-248-3900.

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