Honorary Characters

Maid, King, Queen 2017

2017 Maid of Honor Heloise Trumel, King Jean-Luc Albin, and Queen Camille Whitworth after their coronation ceremony at the residence of French Consul General Grégor Trumel. (Photo by Frank Stansbury)

The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc selects three nonmember community leaders each year to portray three featured characters in our parade: a young Maid Joan, a King Charles VII, and a Queen Yolande.

2017 Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc Royalty:

Maid of Honor (Joan of Arc):  Héloïse Trumel, De La Salle High School

Queen Yolande of Aragon:  Camille Whitworth, media consultant and business owner

King Charles VII:  Jean-Luc Albin, owner and chef, Maurice French Pastries

MAID OF HONOR:  The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc “Maid of Honor”, Joan of Arc, will be portrayed by Héloïse Trumel, a 16-year-old student at De La Salle High School who was born in France in the Loire Valley, where Joan of Arc began her military career at the age of 16.  Ms. Trumel has lived in Paris, the Netherlands, and Denmark and is an aspiring young journalist who started her own school newspaper while in Denmark, serving as editor in chief from age 8 to 14 years old.  She stated in her application essay about Joan of Arc:  “She also symbolizes recovery and determination.  During battles, Joan would take out of her body the arrows that wounded her and keep fighting. This is what New Orleans did: kept fighting and thriving even after Katrina…Joan of Arc inspires me to be strong, independent, and to never give up. I admire and respect her for her bravery, determination, faith, loyalty, and patriotism!”

Look for our young “Maid of Orleans”, Jeanne d’Arc, on horseback in a white robe with faux armor breastplate in the 9th annual Joan of Arc Parade. Midway through the parade, she will receive her sword after a blessing by the Very Reverend Phillip G. Landry at St. Louis Cathedral. This “student Joan of Arc” is selected via written application and recommendation letters; reviewed by a Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc committee, then semifinalists are interviewed by the Krewe captain.  Finalists receive an interview in French and English by the Arts Attachée of the Consulate General of France in New Orleans. The annual contest is open to all young women in the Greater New Orleans area ages 16-19 who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership and have French language experience and skills.

Past Maids of Honor include: Margaux Schexnider (2016), Emma Martello (2015), Clara Bajeux (2014), Gretchen Neuenhaus (2013), Aggie Bell (2012), and Blair Davis (2010).

QUEEN YOLANDE OF ARAGON:   

Queen Yolande will be portrayed by Camille Whitworth, a WDSU-TV anchor from 2003 to 2016.  She currently owns and operates Victory bar and is very active in the New Orleans community, donating her time to the Susan G. Koman Foundation, March of Dimes, National Association of Black Journalists, Children’s Hospital, the New Orleans Council on Aging, and Young Audiences of Louisiana.  She serves on the board of the March of Dimes and is a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee and The Links, Inc. Crescent City Chapter.

Queen Yolande will be on horseback in the parade, dressed in a cloak composed of the coat of arms and heraldic colors of the historical Queen Yolande. 

Past queens are Sandra Dartus (2016), Simone Bruni Crouere (2015), Mary Beth Romig (2014), Betsie Gambel (2013). 

KING CHARLES VII:  The “Dauphin” who became King due to Joan of Arc’s efforts will be portrayed by French master chef Jean-Luc Albin. 

A native of France, Mr. Albin owns and operates Maurice French Pastries. He has worked in kitchens throughout the world. In New Orleans, he has worked as Food and Beverage Manager at the Fairmont and Food and at Windsor Court Hotel. He was one of 93 chefs in 17 cities featured in “Great  Chefs Great Cities” television series’. 

He will wear a robe inspired by one of many paintings of the King’s coronation at Reims Cathedral, at which Joan of Arc was present.  After the parade, Mr. Albin will be ceremoniously crowned by Ms. Trumel, Maid of Honor, to represent Joan’s influence on the King’s destiny. The two will then cut the first king cake of the season, representing both Joan of Arc’s birthday cake as well as Carnival season tradition. As is tradition with the Joan of Arc Parade, the public is welcome and encouraged to bring their own king cake to share and enjoy.

Past kings include: Eric Belin (2016), Patrick van Hoorebeek (2015), Jacques Soulas (2014), René Bajeux (2013), Damien Regnard (2012), Lilian Cadet (2011) and David Villarubia (2010).

Try to spot these and other characters in our parade!