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Joan of Arc Parade Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

The Joan of Arc Parade, which first walked in the French Quarter in on January 6, 2009,  in honor of Joan of Arc’s birthday, will celebrate 10 years on January 6, 2018, on what would be Joan of Arc’s 606th birthday. 

What began as a small procession with approximately 50 volunteers has grown to nearly 400 walking participants who portray Joan of Arc’s story in ten battalions comprised of costumed medieval characters, wooden props pulled on wheels, large scale puppets, paper lanterns, banners in French and English, horses of all kinds (from stick ponies to real horses) and unique artistic items that are handed out by members and volunteers of all ages, from limited Joan of Arc handsewn dolls to handmade jewelry, from printed playing cards and prayer cards, to paper swords—and limited number of decorated wooden swords handed out by the Maid of Honor.  

Krewe of Joan d’Arc




For more information on the parade, route, history, upcoming events, contact information, and previous parade photo galleries, visit and on Facebook at “Joan of Arc Project.”  


Krewe of Joan d’Arc



Joan of Arc (1412-1431) is known is the “Maid of Orléans”  because of her key role in lifting the Siege of Orléans, France, in 1429, thereby ending the Hundred Years War.  Due to her iconic statue in the French Quarter and  the City’s strong French heritage, she is fondly, locally, and lately referred to as the “Maid of New Orléans”.  Her birthdate coincides with Twelfth Night, making this duo birthday and Kings Day celebration a parade full of family-friendly educational and whimsical elements that includes historical characters and scenes with a Mardi Gras flair.

The Joan of Arc Parade has always been a walking procession in the French Quarter, since its inaugural walk of Jan 6, 2009, but its parade route has changed, lengthened, and its group has grown from 50 volunteer marchers to approximately  400 marchers, 100+ of whom are community volunteers known as “foot soldiers” who assist with banner carrying, roping off the marchers from the public, and pulling large wooden props such as a castle wall, church bell, as well as a stick horse army. The parade chronicles Joan of Arc’s life from Domrémy shepherdess to Orléans soldier, to her death by fire in Rouén, ending with the positive vision of angels portrayed by the local dance troupe The Chorus Girls Project, who help to usher in the New Orleans New Year with hope and grace.

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