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ADVISORY: Air Horn Orchestra holding “memorial parade” for McCrory

Jeremy Sprinkle
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For Immediate Release

Contact: Tina Haver Currin, [email protected]; Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, NC State AFL-CIO, 336-255-2711

MEDIA ADVISORY: Air Horn Orchestra holding “memorial parade” for McCrory on Fayetteville Street
New Orleans-style “second line” parade will culminate in one last gathering outside the Governor’s Mansion

RALEIGH -- Now that Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign is officially dead, the Air Horn Orchestra is holding one last event on Wednesday -- a New Orleans-style memorial parade along Fayetteville Street ending at the Governor’s Mansion for one last gathering.

The group of weekly anti-HB2 protesters, which recently set a Guinness World Record for the most air horns sounded at once, will gather at City Plaza at 5:00pm on Wednesday. The parade will move up Fayetteville Street to the State Capitol and down Bicentennial Mall, before ending at the Governor’s Mansion around 5:30pm. There, the Air Horn Orchestra will hold one last “encore” performance.

“Since Pat McCrory won’t be with us for much longer, we want to send him off right -- to the Trump Administration, back to Charlotte, or wherever he goes after leaving the Governor’s Mansion,” said Tina Haver Currin, the Air Horn Orchestra’s organizer and conductor. “Of course, this memorial service will be more of a celebration than an occasion for mourning.”

WHAT: New Orleans-style “memorial parade” for Pat McCrory’s re-election hopes

WHO: Air Horn Orchestra, the long-running anti-HB2 protest

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7 at 5:00pm (parade start) and 5:30pm (parade end)

WHERE: City Plaza in Raleigh (parade start) and the Governor’s Mansion (parade end)

The world-record-holding Air Horn Orchestra began in April 2016 as a protest against HB2, and held nearly 30 weekly “performances” outside the Governor’s Mansion which received national media coverage. Organizers and members of the orchestra will be available for in-person interviews before and after the event.


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over a hundred and twenty thousand people working in unions, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.  PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Photo by Carol Dukes of the Air Horn Orchestra, an anti-HB2 protest held weekly outside Gov. McCrory’s residence (source)