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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

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