Happy New Year!  It’s time to kick off 2018 with some fun events to check out in New Orleans this January.  You all know what’s just around the corner so let’s get right to it.

Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc – January 6th

It’s time for floats, it’s time for throws, it’s time to laissez les bon temps roule, it’s time for Mardi Gras season!  And as they’ve been doing since 2008, the season begins with the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc rolling on January 6th.  The krewe celebrates Joan of Arc, known locally as the Maid of Orleans, as she liberated Orleans France all the way back in 1429.  The krewe parades through the French Quarter with stops along the way to toast at the Williams Research Center balcony, bless the ceremonial sword at Saint Louis Cathedral, and to crown the king and king cake at the end of the parade.  It’s the best way to kick off our favorite season here in New Orleans.

Krewe du Vieux – January 27th

The kewe du vieux is celebrated annually parading through the French Quarter, and if you’re unfamiliar with this krewe, it might be best to leave the kids at home!  Krewe du vieux skewers the powerful and is unafraid of being risqué or offensive, so as long as you can take a joke it’s playful fun for all attendees.  Get shocked and a little tipsy with the 17 subkrewes due vieux!

King Cake Festival – January 28th

Celebrate and enjoy the iconic food of Mardi Gras season at Champion’s Square!  If you’ve never tasted a king cake or if you’ve found the baby every year for all your life, this festival is well worth checking out.  Vendors line the square offering sample sized portions of their king cakes for $1 each.  You’ll find traditional offerings, inventive interpretations of the king cake, and even some outlandish creations featuring meat!  I took my parents and my husband to the festival last year and we had a wonderful time.  Maybe you’ll catch me there again this year!

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