A Birthday Celebration for Dr. John and Mac Month is Announced for November 20th in New Orleans

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To kick off "Mac Month" in New Orleans, a second line parade and celebration has been announced for November 20th to honor the life and birthday of Mac “Dr John” Rebennack. The route will start from Congo Square, down Basin Street and end at Canal.

We lost Mac and a few of his dear friends and collaborators right around the same time—legends like Dave Bartholomew and Art “Poppa Funk” Neville. Everyone is encouraged to come out on November 20th and celebrate Dr. John's birthday in their own way. Yeah you rite!

To kick off “Mac Month” in November, a second line parade and celebration to honor the life and birthday of Mac “Dr John” Rebennack has been announced for November 20, 2019 at 6 p.m. The masterful trumpeter, musician and vocalist James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars will lead the parade from Congo Square to Basin Street and end at Canal.

No one can forget Dr. John. Rebennack was a singer-pianist-guitarist and mystic whose music was steeped in New Orleans rhythm-and-blues and rock ’n’ roll. He was a six-time Grammy Winner and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He truly represented New Orleans music and the great Crescent City around the world.

In 2017, Rebennack received a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council naming Nov. 21 as Dr. John Day. A year later, it was found that Rebennack’s real birthday was Nov. 20, 1941.

To honor Dr. John and keep his legacy alive during Mac Month, a donation was made in his memory to the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic & Assistance Foundation of which he was a Co-founder.

“I hope everyone will do something special. Now we can cut loose on his birthday,” the organizer commented. “We lost Mac and a few of his dear friends and collaborators right around the same time—legends like Dave Bartholomew and Art 'Poppa Funk' Neville. Everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate on November 20th in their own way. Yeah you rite!”

Carl Mack Presents will execute the event. The second line parade begins at 6 p.m. outside of Congo Square near the 700 Block of Rampart Street, then follow South on Basin Street, and end at Canal.

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