12th Annual Joan of Arc Parade
MONDAY January 6, 2020, 7 p.m.
Joyeux Anniversaire, Jeanne d’Arc!
Celebrating St. Joan of Arc’s birthday and Twelfth Night, this annual walking parade is a medieval-themed theatrical procession, inspired by Joan’s time in 1400s France. Joan of Arc liberated the citizens of Orleans, France, from a British siege in her first victory in 1429—resulting in her moniker “The Maid of Orleans.” Our parade honors our own unofficial patron saint, The Maid of New Orleans: the beloved golden French Quarter statue, a gift to the City of New Orleans from France in the 1950s, and our French history and heritage. It’s a short, family-friendly parade — quirky, whimsical and spiritual. 2020 also is the 100th anniversary of Joan becoming an official saint.
Bring king cake to share. The parade typically starts on time at 7 sharp, makes a few pauses for a bit of medieval pageantry, and ends around 8:30 p.m:
- 6:45 p.m. City proclamation at the corner of Bienville and N. Front by Council Member Kristin Gisleson Palmer
- toasts from the Historic New Orleans Collection and Vincent Sciama, Consul General of France in New Orleans, from the Williams Research Center balcony at 400 Chartres
- a sword blessing at Saint Louis Cathedral by The Very Reverend Father Philip Landry
- a pause to sing Happy Birthday at the Joan of Arc statue
- the crowning of the king and king cake ceremony at the end at Washington Artillery Park. Bring your own king cake to eat your first king cake along with the king and Joan.
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