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Common and the National Park Foundation to bring the sounds of New Orleans to Chicago

Continuing the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary celebration, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation are excited to bring the Park Exchange event series to Chicago, IL on Saturday, June 11!

This time, the musical experience of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park will be taking over the Windy City with the help of hip-hop recording artist, actor, and Chicago native Common and a New Orleans second line parade. The event will unify the two cities through the musical traditions and culture interpreted at the park. (NOTE: Common will not be performing during this celebration)

Not only does the Park Exchange series open your eyes to all of the unique experiences that national parks can offer, it encourages the next generation of park supporters to #FindYourPark, o mejor dicho, #EncuentraTuParque.

The heart of a second line is its ability to unite communities and encourage them to join the festivities, offering a unique opportunity for the Southside neighborhood of Chicago to experience the culture interpreted at this New Orleans national park site.

The Chicago and New Orleans Jazz Historical Park Exchange is the second event in the series, which is designed to bring parks to life in urban areas and demonstrate the diversity of park experiences.

In May, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation brought the iconic redwood trees to the city of Austin, TX to juxtapose the nature of Redwood National and State Parks in California against the architecture of the iconic University of Texas Tower, which soars high at 307 feet above Austin, the average height of a redwood tree.


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