Maid of Honor Contest

2020 Maid of Honor Zoe Kanga from Lusher.

There WILL be a Maid of Honor contest for 2022. Apply here by Nov. 30.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2021
The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc announces its annual student Joan of Arc competition for French-speaking young women in New Orleans. The winner will be chosen to ride on horseback as the star of our annual French Quarter saint procession on January 6, 2022. We have requested a permit for our traditional saint procession and walking parade in the French Quarter! This contest is modeled after the contest held annually in Orléans, France, when they select a local girl to lead their military parade celebrating Joan’s victorious lifting of the siege of Orléans from the British in 1429.

FREE TO ENTER: There is no fee to enter the contest. The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc will provide the majority of the costume (student may need to provide some clothing like thermal underwear, beneath costume) for the selected Joan.

Eligibility: This contest is open to young women, 16-20 years old (the ages of Joan’s most notable feats and trial), who have shown unique leadership abilities and are currently or have recently studied French in high school, college, or at home. (The candidate must be able to speak some French in conversation and be able to represent Joan for media opportunities, public presentations, and at the Tableaux). This contest does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ancestry or creed. The three top candidates will receive a brief phone interview to assess French fluency and confidence so we may choose the best possible candidate. Please note that for this year only, eligibility is extended to age 20 because we did not have a contest in 2020 due to COVID. If you will be aged 16-20 on January 6, 2022, you are eligible for this year.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2021

  • In addition to filling out the following form including two essays, send a letter of recommendation to or by mail to THE JOAN OF ARC PROJECT 7330 Sycamore Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Winner must be available for a couple of horseback riding lessons to be scheduled with our master of horse.
  • Winner must be available to be publicly announced and meet the krewe at the coronation party (date to-be-determined, will be an evening Dec. 13-17. Winner prepares and presents her own brief inspiring speech in English and French for this event.
  • Winner must be available to ceremonially crown the king at the pre-parade banquet January 5, 2022.
  • Winner must be available to star in our parade on horseback and participate in two ceremonies at stops in the parade, the sword blessing at St. Louis Cathedral and the king cake ceremony in Washington Artillery Park, January 6th, 2022. 
  • Winner must be available (pending school and other obligations) for TV and radio appearances.
  • Past Maids of Honor include: Zoe Kanga (2020), Alyssa Fortier (2019), Martha Pinney (2018), Heloise Trumel (2017), Margaux Schexnider (2016), Emma Martello (2015), Clara Bajeux (2014), Gretchen Neuenhaus (2013), Aggie Bell (2012), Mallory Young (2011) and Blair Davis (2010).
  • Questions:
King crowning photo

2012 Maid Aggie Bell crowns our 2012 King Charles VII, Damien Regnard at the king cake ceremony at the end of the parade


2013 Maid of Honor Gretchen Neuenhaus