EXPIRED: 10/09/09 – Harold Dudley, 80, was the grand marshal of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club who led the funeral processions for his New Orleans neighbors.

He got into it. Whether he knew the deceased or not, he gave you a good show.

As grand marshal, a title he held from 1974 until his retirement 30 years later, Mr. Dudley had other roles, including visiting sick Zulu members, comforting their families and, when the time came, making funeral arrangements.

But Mr. Dudley, who was named honorary grand marshal after his retirement, was best known for holding the lead spot in funeral processions.

The locals joke: If you were in the hospital and you knew Dudley was coming, you woke up right away. You recuperated fast.



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