AP: Pallbearers lifted the gold casket carrying “Godfather of Soul” into a horse-drawn carriage on Thursday for a procession through Harlem to the historic Apollo Theater, where thousands of fans waited to pay their respects to the late James Brown.
We assume Al Sharpton was relieved:
“It’s going to be a royal day in Harlem,” the Rev. Al Sharpton, Brown’s close friend, said by cell phone Wednesday as he accompanied the singer’s casket in a van. … “We’re determined to make sure he makes the Apollo,” Sharpton said around 9:30 p.m., shortly after the approximately 12-hour trip began from a Georgia funeral parlor. “He never missed the Apollo. If we ride all night, that’s fine.”