For students at Longfellow Elementary in Oak Park, the first day of school on Aug. 22 may have felt more like a vacation in the French Quarter. 

The First Day of School Band, which accompanied some Longfellow students to school last Wednesday morning (proceeding from Wesley, east on Jackson and onto the school’s playground) may be about the closest you’ll come in Oak Park to feeling as if you’re genuinely immersed in a second line parade. This was the band’s second, perhaps annual, gig.

It’s enough to make the first day of school feel downright magical — whether you’re still of school age or not. See more pictures of the band in action on page 19. 

 

Michael Romain 

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