A medieval parade honoring St. Joan of Arc on her birthday, the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc's annual Twelfth Night procession has also become the traditional kick-off to Carnival season for many New Orleanians. A delightful blend of family-friendly whimsy and idealism, sacred and secular, knights and saints, the krewe parades with one foot in a light-hearted Mardi Gras parade (throwing matches for our heroine who was burned at the stake) and one foot in a genuine saint procession (candles, prayer cards and saint medals). Featuring medieval music, folk art, giant puppets and handmade throws, the short and sweet walking parade winds through the Quarter with a pause for a sword blessing ceremony at St. Louis Cathedral and to pay respects to Joan's statue, and ends with a ceremony at Washington Artillery Park where Joan crowns King Charles and the krewe and crowd enjoy the first king cake of the year. Bring your own king cake to share and perhaps some wine for a toast.
Parade route: http://joanofarcparade.org/who-we-are/parade-route/