Norman Dixon Sr. Annual Second Line Parade Fund

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Through its support of the Norman Dixon, Sr. Annual Second Line Parade Fund, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation provides funding for parade permits, beading, feathers, and other supplies.

Through its support of the Norman Dixon, Sr. Annual Second Line Parade Fund, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation provides funding for parade permits, beading, feathers, and other supplies.

This program impacts over 3,000 Social Aid & Pleasure Club members in some 40 organizations, and upwards of 150 Mardi Gras Indians in close to 40 tribes.

The Norman Dixon, Sr. Annual Second Line Parade Fund, originally founded over 20 years ago to help support the indigenous New Orleans Jazz culture, was granted a 501(c)(3) status in 2003, and has gradually taken a more wide-ranging role in seeking underwriting for the largely unrepresented and non-endowed indigenous institutions of New Orleans culture. The Norman Dixon Fund assists two primary communities within this culture:  The Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs.

Funding for this program has come from a loyal cadre of annual supporters including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation, Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans, The Goldring Foundation, AEG Live, and the Ed Bradley Family Foundation.

Mission and Purpose
The Norman Dixon Fund provides assistance to the Social Aid & Pleasure Club and Mardi Gras Indian communities with direct grants to cover the expenses associated with their public parading in New Orleans.

Under the continuing management and direction of Norman Dixon, Jr. and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, these programs have a track record of success for over a decade, and provide a vital service to the New Orleans community. Many of our beneficiaries would not be able to participate in these traditions without the support of the Norman Dixon Fund, and we are determined to continue providing this support.

This program impacts over 3,000 Social Aid & Pleasure Club members in some 40 organizations, and upwards of 150 Mardi Gras Indians in close to 40 tribes, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of New Orleanians who take part in these year-round activities when the parades hit the streets.

History
In 1994 Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans (FPI-NO) joined forces with Norman Dixon, Sr., who created the first-ever comprehensive New Orleans second line organizational structure, to begin a program to help underwrite some of these expenses, specifically the cost of the New Orleans Police Department traffic detail required to obtain a parade permit. This support has the additional effect of helping to support traditional New Orleans jazz music itself, by freeing the funds within the organization to hire the brass bands that form the musical component of the Social Aid & Pleasure Club second line. 

For over twenty years, Norman was Chairman of the Board of the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association, as well as the Parade Coordinator for The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Sadly Norman succumbed to his fight with cancer and passed away in 2003. This fund to continue support for these parades has most appropriately been named in his honor.

The "Norman Dixon, Sr. Annual Second Line Parade Fund" is a bona fide 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, registered with the State of Louisiana. Since Norman's passing, the management of these projects has passed to his eldest son, Norman Dixon, Jr. and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.   FPI-NO continues to administrate the program free of charge, in order to assure that all contributions donated to this project are properly accounted for and continue to benefit the organizations directly, with no funds going to administration or overhead.

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