The funeral for iconic New Orleans jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain will be Aug. 17 at St. Louis Cathedral.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the cathedral. Following 30 minutes of remembrances and eulogies, a funeral Mass will begin at noon. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside over the Mass.

While it will contain some music, the Mass will be more along the lines of a traditional service rather than an all-star concert, said Benny Harrell, Fountain's son-in-law and manager. 

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After the service, a second-line procession, featuring a horse-drawn hearse, will depart from the cathedral, turn onto St. Peter Street, then turn west on Royal Street. The parade will end at Hotel Monteleone, where Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club concluded its annual Mardi Gras morning stroll for decades.

Fountain died at age 86 on Aug. 6 after a decade of declining health.

The funeral likely would have been sooner, but was delayed to Aug. 17 in part because of forecasts for stormy weather later this week, said Harrell. 

Burial will be private. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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