We are a walking parade open to men, women, and children, dedicated to historical costumery, artistry, handmade throws, and the celebration of New Orleans and her ties to France. Joan of Arc embodies the best qualities of New Orleans and her citizens: loyalty, faith, courage, and determination. We honor Joan on her birthday each year by walking in medieval costumes with horses, live music, a variety of quirky and quaint parade throws, medieval carts and banners, and gifts of king cake through the French Quarter.
We have approximately 100 krewe members and welcome a few new members each year. We enjoy being a small, affordable family-friendly krewe with a 14-block walking parade short enough for young and old legs. 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 welcome people who love to parade and love history and tradition as much as they love building on both to create something new and interesting. We are an eclectic, authentic New Orleans blend of whimsical and reverent, sacred and secular, spectacular and contemplative. Our signature throws include 16 wooden decorated swords representing Joan's age when she found her sword at the Church of St. Catherine de Fierbois; St. Joan medals and sword pendants, candles honoring "the birthday girl;” and butterflies evoking the legend that Joan's banner was followed by white butterflies. In the satirical spirit of Mardi Gras, there are also some tongue-in-cheek throws for our heroine who burned at the stake: Fireball candies and matchbooks!
The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc celebrates our "Maid of New Orleans" throughout the year with various events, lectures, book discussions, and public gatherings. Beyond the annual parade, we hold an annual one-day conference exploring everything from Joan on film and stage to Joan's canonization, as well as French language and costume workshops.