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We’ll barely have time to get the New Year’s Eve Champagne bubbles out of our bloodstreams before it’ll be time to toast the start of the 2018 Mardi Gras season a mere week from now on Jan. 6.
Here’s what to do to welcome Carnival on day one.
Joan of Arc parade 2017
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Joan of Arc parade, 6 p.m., French Quarter
January 6 is Joan of Arc’s birthday! Therefore it is time for the 10th annual Joan of Arc parade in the French Quarter. Expect a 400-person procession featuring warrior women in armor on horseback, marching monks, angels, trumpeters, bagpipers, and other medieval martyrdom merrymakers. All with a French inflection, of course.
The foot (and hoof) parade starts on Decatur Street at Toulouse Street. It heads uptown, then makes a right at Conti Street, then another right at Chartres Street, then right on Ursulines Street, and right yet again on Decatur Street, ending at Jackson Square. Don’t miss the sword blessing ceremony at St. Louis cathedral midway through the parade.
This year the Dark Ages begins at 6 p.m., earlier than in past years, because of the city’s King’s Day fireworks display on the riverfront at 9 p.m. (see below).
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Fireworks on the River 4th of July fireworks in New Orleans
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Kings' Day Celebration fireworks, 9 p.m., French Quarter riverfront
As you may have heard, New Orleans is celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018. To get the party started with a bang, Mardi Gras-themed fireworks (purple, green, and gold, we presume), will pop over the river starting at 9 p.m. on Jan. 6.
Krewe des Fleurs French Quarter flounce, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. French Quarter
The Krewe des Fleurs female marching club will debut their 2018 lighted costumes during a French Quarter promenade on Jan. 6. The Fleurs, plan to pop up near the Old U.S. Mint, sashay past the French Market to nearby Dutch Alley. Then the Fleurs will walk the riverfront to Jackson Square and conclude at St. Louis Cathedral.