Photography was forbidden inside the Orpheum Theater’s tribute to Allen Toussaint. That didn’t stop hundreds of people from regularly snapping pictures during the event, but when we’re asked nicely to not take photos, we do just that.

Allen Toussaint's Hearse

Allen Toussaint’s Hearse

Outside, after the nearly three hour affair, all bets were off as thousands of people swarmed all over Roosevelt Way as Mr Toussaint’s hearse sat parked in front of the theater.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

Preservation Hall Jazz Band At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band tore up the asphalt.

Allen Toussaint's Rolls Royce

Allen Toussaint’s Rolls Royce

We danced with strangers.

An Elderly Fashionista At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

An Elderly Fashionista At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

People sobbed hysterically.

Orleans Parish Deputy At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

Orleans Parish Deputy At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

People gyrated like madmen.

This Lady Was All Over The Place At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

This Lady Was All Over The Place At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Cops started waving truncheons around when it appeared as though the hearse was not going to be able to pierce the crowd.

Pallbearer Cyril Neville At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

Pallbearer Cyril Neville At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

It was a crazy scene.

An Impromptu Second Line Broke Out At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

An Impromptu Second Line Broke Out At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Inside John Boutte was the highlight of the musical acts. He outshone everyone else; quite the accomplishment given the starpower on the stage which included Bozz Scaggs, Irma Thomas and Dr John.

A Mourner At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

A Mourner At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Boutte is a superstar.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band's Street Performance At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Street Performance At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Pallbearers At Allen Toussaint's Funeral

Pallbearers At Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

But this really speaks to the star power of Toussaint: at one point the movie screen flashing images of his life projected a closeup of his famous sandal clad feet, complete with socks and a huge wave of adulation coursed through the theater.

Over his feet.

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