There's no birthday party like a 601st birthday party!
On Sunday, January 6, come on out for the 5th annual Joan of Arc Parade. It's a celebration not just in honor of the birth of the "Maid of Orleans," but also happens to mark the beginning of carnival season as well.
The parade will begin at 6 P.M. at Bienville Park (Conti & Decatur Streets) and end at Dutch Alley across from the Joan of Arc statue. Along the way there will be bagpipe music, krewe members in medieval costumes, dance troupes moving to medieval music, a toast to the Krewe Court on the steps of the Williams Research Center, the Blessing of the Sword at St. Louis Cathedral, and more. LED tealight candles along with instructions will be handed out along the parade route. Parade participants are asked to keep the flow of the parade going by offering a birthday candle on the new four-foot birthday cake at the foot of the statue. A king cake ceremony immediately follows.
Then from 8 to 9 P.M. will be the first ever post parade krewe party taking place at the Steamboat Natchez landing. Open to the public, there will be live music, and food and drink for sale.
For more information click here to check out the Joan of Arc Project page on Facebook, or here to view their blog.