It will roll Saturday night instead of Friday.
Revelers will find an artistic, whimsical and convivial Francophone parade winding through it. The Joan of Arc parade rolls at 7 p.m., and as is tradition, the 9th anniversary edition of the parade will stay true to its custom of celebrating the French saint who led her fellow countrymen in relieving the siege at Orleans, France, in the Hundred Years War.
Symbolism is imbued in every aspect of the parade’s planning. So, too, with its new highlights.
Among the additions in 2017 will be small stuffed ponies distributed by members who will ride newly-crafted horse tricycles or stick ponies escorting a new confetti cannon.
“It’s a handmade, authentic cannon, and that’s not something you hear everyday,” said Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc founder Amy Kirk Duvoisin. “That was made by one of our krewe-members, and … it shoots confetti — blue, white and red confetti — so throughout the parade route, we’re going to stop and shoot off the cannon. In the way we do things, it’s not random. It’s actually an homage to this cannoneer who fought with Joan in the siege of Orleans.”