Joan of Arc parade postponed because of weather concerns

The Joan of Arc parade will roll Saturday (Jan. 7), a day later than originally scheduled, because of weather concerns, the New Orleans krewe said. 

The parade will start at 7 p.m. Saturday and will roll on the original route through the French Quarter.

"We are very concerned about the weather -- just as many of you are," the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc said on its Facebook page.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from noon Friday (Jan. 6) until midnight for the Louisiana parishes along the Mississippi border, including Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Washington and northern Tangipahoa parishes.

In New Orleans, ice isn't expected, but it will be cold, forecasters said. Friday is expected to be rainy, with highs in the upper 40s. Temperatures will drop Friday night to the low 30s, with a 70 percent chance of rain.

Read more about the forecast.

The Joan of Arc parade usually rolls on Joan's birthday of Jan. 6, which also is the officially start of Carnival. It celebrates the French saint who led her fellow countrymen in relieving the siege at Orleans, France, in the Hundred Years War.

The route includes traditional stops for a toast from the Consul General of France, Gregor Trumel, the blessing of Joan's sword at the St. Louis Cathedral and, finally, the traditional King Cake Ceremony at Jackson Square. 

Read more about new additions to this year's parade, along with details about the krewe's favors and throws.

-- | The Times-Picayune reporters Chelsea Brasted and Diana Samuels contributed to this story.