Out + About
Three Carnival kickoff parties and one steamy read.
Celebrate the city’s French connection—and the 605th birthday of the “Maid of Orleans”—during the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc parade Jan. 6 at 7 pm. Started in 2008 in an effort to help keep the French martyr’s legacy alive, the candle-lit procession, which weaves through the streets of the Vieux Carré, has established itself as a must-catch kickoff to Carnival season. “People are ready for Mardi Gras after the long Christmas season,” says founder Amy Kirk-Duvoisin, “and we’re a nice bridge between the two.” Historical characters in medieval garb on horseback, marching monks, parading puppets, blaring bagpipes—you’ll think you’ve stumbled upon a roving Renaissance fair. joanofarcparade.org