Happy Birthday, Maid of Orleans

St. Joan of Arc statue, Decatur Street


(Photo by NOGoddess.)

Today is a special day ~ it’s the Epiphany, St. Joan of Arc’s 598th birthday and the first official day that New Orleanians can safely eat King Cake with approval. (Go for it, Amanda!) Tonight will mark the first of the parades of Carnival season in New Orleans including the 2nd annual St. Joan of Arc parade which begins on Conti and ends at the St. Joan statue on Decatur.

This year the parade will be lead by a local young woman, the winner of The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc’s contest for French-speaking students. The young woman’s identity is unknown and will be revealed at parade-time. At the end of the parade revelers will celebrate St. Joan’s birth with a party at the foot of her statue.

First Annual Student Joan of Arc Competition

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“Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years.”
~~Winston Churchill-Legendary British Prime Minister in WWII

The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc announces its first annual student Joan of Arc competition for French-speaking young women in New Orleans. The winner will be chosen to lead the second annual New Orleans St. Joan of Arc parade on January 6, 2010 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 1428.

For more details and an application form visit The St. Joan of Arc Krewe website.

Here are a few pix from the St. Joan of Arc Parade 2009. If only I had a daughter…..