Our medieval-style parade is set in Joan’s time, 1400s France, with medieval costumes and music, characters on horseback, jugglers, knights, stiltwalkers, giant puppets, king cake and handmade medieval throws. In New Orleans, January 6 is also still celebrated as Twelfth Night, an old medieval holiday which is the kick-off to the Carnival season. We are a secular group, and we welcome anyone with an interest in Joan of Arc, be they Catholic or non-Catholic, artist or non-artist, French-speaking or not. We are an eclectic, authentic New Orleans blend of whimsical and reverent, sacred and secular, spectacular and contemplative.
We are a family-friendly krewe with membership open to men, women and children, and our short 14-block walking parade is just right for young and old legs. Besides our parade, we celebrate our “Maid of New Orleans” and New Orleans’ French heritage throughout the year with various events. We host an annual Salon conference exploring everything from Joan on film and stage to Joan’s canonization, from French language to medieval heraldry workshops. We sponsor the Joan of Arc online library project.We participate in various French cultural events throughout the year through our association with the Council of French Societies.
We also have organized several public prayers and pep rallies at her golden statue in the historic French Market asking for Saint Joan’s intervention with everything from the New Orleans Saints to the BP oil spill. To get a feel for our history, check out our blog. The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc is a 501c7 nonprofit organization (social club, not tax deductible). However, consistent with standards for a 501c3, we spend around 60 percent of our budget directly on the public parade and educational events, with the remainder going to members-only events and operating expenses.