New Orleans, January 5, 2012 – Whether you are Neutral Ground Side (as in, one who prefers to stand on the grass-covered middle island on the street during a parade) or Sidewalk Side (and alternately, one who chooses to stand closer to New Orleanian architecture), and even if you’re not a NOLA native or transplant, parade season is almost here, y’all!
With King Cake Day fast approaching on Friday, January 6, it’s time to buy your copy of Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide, dust off your parade chairs, hose out the ice chest and get your route maps!
Particularly newsworthy this year, the ladies of the all-female Krewe of Nyx managed to charm their way right through a city moratorium on new parades. These lovely masked riders are set to roll their inaugural procession on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 7 p.m.
But for now, Twelfth Night parades are the focus as the Carnival season kicks into full loaded-down-float swing!
Two very unconventional krewes each add their own special New Orleanian heraldry to the night.
The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc is a walking crew garbed in the finest Medieval stylings. Expect horses and wooden carts, monks, and even six versions of Joan herself. Members hand out special ‘gifts’ in honor of Joan of Arc’s birthday. Watch for matchbooks, hand-painted swords and more!
Per modenook.com New Orleans Parade:
“Maid of Orleans” is no play on words for local members of the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc. These ladies and gents dedicate their free time annually in New Orleans to celebrate a shared Epiphany, and one very special Saint.
Joan of Arc is paid homage as the fourth annual parade in her honor rolls Friday, January 6, 2012, at 6 p.m.
Krewe members proceed down Conti from the starting line at Decatur then turn right onto Chartres. The parade passes in front of St. Louis Cathedral where it will stop circa 6:15 p.m. for a special blessing. Once the procession resumes, it will continue across the front entrance to the Cathedral back onto Chartres, then turn right onto St. Philip. The lineup ends at the golden statue of Joan of Arc. Each krewe member will make his or her pilgrimage toward the likeness of Joan, flag held high upon her mighty steed where Decatur and N. Peters Streets merge at Place de France.
Read the rest of the article – “Twelfth Night gifts the French Quarter with 2012 Mardi Gras Maid of Orleans” – here.
Celebrating a 21st year in 2012, Phunny Phorty Phellows is next to hit the street…car rails. Don’t miss the site of New Orleans iconic trains-that-are-busses-that-are-NOT-trolleys bannered to the nines and filled with bearded ‘Phellows’ of all types ready to toss you their finest medallion beads!
“The costumed and masked krewe will assemble on Twelfth Night, January 6, 2012 (Friday) at the Willow Street Car Barn (map) at 6:30pm.
At 7pm sharp, the Phunny Phorty Phellows board the streetcar and begin their ride to “Herarld the Arrival of Carnival” down the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar Line.
All are invited to come see the PPP off beginning at 6:30, when the group starts to gather. Of course Storyville Stompers will be there with us.
The Phellows are an historic Mardi Gras organization that first took to the streets 1878 through 1898. They were known for their satirical parades and today¹s krewe members’ costumes often reflect topical themes. The group was revived in 1981.”
For PPP route information, go to www.phunnyphortyphellows.com.
No matter how you celebrate your Twelfth Night/Epiphany/King Cake Day, make sure to enjoy yourself, and leave a comment below to tell us about that special throw that made its way into your hands!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
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