Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - A second line tribute, a large crowd of political notables from both sides of the aisle and tributes from friends and colleagues from all walks of life will be part of the funeral services Thursday for former Rep. Lindy Boggs.
Acknowledging what friends and organizers say were Mrs. Boggs' wishes, music for the 11:30 a.m. funeral service will come from a gospel choir from St. Peter Claver Church, the St. Louis Cathedral choir and vocalist Leah Chase. Friends say that a second line was also one of Mrs. Boggs' requests, and will follow the funeral.
WWL-TV Channel 4 and WWLTV.com will broadcast the services live beginning at 11 a.m.
Mrs. Boggs, 97, died Saturday at her home in Chevy Chase, Md. Since then, tributes to the longtime congresswoman and ambassador have continued to come in, from Capitol Hill and her home state of Louisiana.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate the funeral Mass for Mrs. Boggs at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
The service will follow two hours allotted for members of the public, friends, family and colleagues to pay their respects, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A large crowd is expected for the visitation.
At 11 a.m., the Archdiocese says several speakers will deliver eulogies to the beloved political figure. Two of her granddaughters are expected to be among those representing the family, which includes journalist Cokie Roberts, her daughter, and son Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., an influential lobbyist and lawyer.
Following the service, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a second line will accompany the hearse carrying Mrs. Boggs’ casket, as it is taken to New Roads, Louisiana, in Pointe Coupee parish, where she was born and will be buried.
Among the high-profile guests expected at the service are Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Gov. Bobby Jindal, current and former members of the Louisiana congressional delegation and other local, state and national political notables.
Mrs. Boggs' death on Saturday garnered attention from the White House and Capitol Hill, with President and Mrs. Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi all issuing statements of praise and condolences.
During one of her last visits to New Orleans, Mrs. Boggs was present at the Cathedral the last time a major funeral of this sort was held, for her longtime friend, Archbishop Philip Hannan, who died in 2011.