NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Thousands of people shined and strolled through the streets of New Orleans Wednesday in honor of one of the city's brightest stars.
Fats Domino shaped New Orleans' culture and music scene throughout his career, and in true fashion and flare, a second line paid tribute to his legacy.
"We are going to our best and send him away with dignity and style and let him know that we're going to always keep him right here in our heart. He'll live forever," fan Annie Hall said.
Fats Domino died last week at the age of 89.
His memorial that danced through the Bywater and Ninth Ward reinforced the notion that his music and larger-than-life personality left an impression on this world.
"He was such a down-to-earth guy and just willing to take a picture with you and just talk. It was such a wonderful thing," second line attendee Ruby Boyd said.
"He was such a humble man, and we're really going to miss not only the music but the person," musician Bobby Setter said.
Setter played with Fats in Europe during the 1970s, and he believes his friend embodied the spirit of where the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer called home.
"Fats represented New Orleans also in his speeches he was always talking about New Orleans," Setter said. "New Orleans is losing someone exceptional."
"A world-wide entertainer from right here in New Orleans. He never left. That's what I liked about Fats Domino. He stayed in the neighborhood in the Ninth Ward and made it work right here in his own neighborhood," musician and second line organizer James Andrews said.
The legacy Fats Domino leaves behind stands as tall and as bright as his Ninth Ward home, and the songs he's created will outlast generations.
He shined as one of New Orleans greatest ambassadors.
His second line served as a time not to sing "Ain't That a Shame" but to stand back and appreciate the gift he was to all of us.
Ain't that something.