King’s Entourage Summons 2024

You’ve been summoned to court! Joan of Arc, the royal Captain of France, Marley Marsalis, requests the honor of your Presence in her entourage for the Joan of Arc parade on Twelfth Night, the sixth of January in the year of our Lord 2024.

In recognition of his contribution to New Orleans and beyond as a community leader through his work as a leading musician and Louisiana French advocate, the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc has named Louis Michot to portray King Charles VII in its 2024 parade. SSSHHHH!  The identity of the king is a secret until his coronation party Dec. 19. King Louis has invited you to be part of his special day, and his messenger awaits your reply.   If you’d like to accompany King Louis in the parade, you’re invited to purchase an entourage krewe membership at a deep discount only available through this link, which is $50 per person. Members of the King’s Entourage will also need to provide their own costumes appropriate for medieval nobility and their own throws — 50-100 throws are suggested to supplement what King Louis gives you.  Entourage members may purchase throws from us, make their own throws, or buy appropriate throws elsewhere according to our guidelines. Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the corner of Bienville and Front Streets.

Quill and inkwell "Reply to your King"
Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc playing card based on a medieval portrait of Charles VIIEach year, the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc selects a male community leader who embodies New Orleans’ French connection to portray King Charles VII in our parade. Before Joan arrived on the scene, King Charles VII (1403-1461) of France was ruling from the town of Chinon (because the English had taken Paris), without a public crowning (because the English had taken Reims). With the pending fall of the town of Orléans, France’s very independence was under siege, and Charles VII made an extraordinary choice: he put a teenage peasant girl called by God in charge of his armies.  The young Joan inspired the tired French troops, who liberated Orléans and blazed a path to Reims where Charles was finally publicly crowned with Joan at his side.