NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc parades annually on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in New Orleans in honor of the birthday of Joan of Arc and throughout the year promotes St. Joan and the city's French cultural heritage.
The parade begins at Jax Brewery near the corner of Toulouse and Decatur. It travels up Decatur to and makes a right on Conti, then another right on Chartres down to Ursulines before turning back onto Decatur and finishing at Jackson Square.
"The purpose of the Joan of Arc Project is to honor and celebrate Joan of Arc's life in unique artistic and educational ways, including the production of the annual Joan of Arc Parade and Salon de Jeanne d'Arc. The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc seeks to keep Joan's story and spirit alive by hosting events, workshops, and presentations that illuminate Joan's heroism and timelessness, while connecting her to the French heritage and pride of New Orleans. "The Maid of Orleans" inspires citizens of New Orleans and people around the world; we welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds to join in our joyous, New Orleans-style revelry.
"The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc is classed as a secular IRS 501c7 nonprofit organization (social club, not tax deductible). However, consistent with suggested operating guidelines for a 501c3 charitable organization, we spend around 60 percent of our budget directly on the public parade and educational events, with the remainder going to members-only events and operating expenses."