Thursday, May 7, 2009

Media Party at Bienville House Hotel


FOR A MIDDAY MEDIA PARTY Friday, May 8th 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

at the Bienville House Hotel 320 Decatur Street (garden court)
Contact: Amy A. Kirk-Duvoisin to RSVP or for additional information
(504) 251-5046 or

Who: The Joan of Arc Project, which consists of the Krewe de Jeanne d' Arc; the St. Joan of Arc Parade; and the Joan of Arts Fete invites you to this celebration of Joan's victory at Orleans, France in 1429! We're using this opportunity to announce our "battle plans" for 2009 and 2010 as a newly formed krewe and expanded organization.

What: We will have food, drink, French gypsy jazz music, krewe members in costumes, and previews of our signature parade throws to give to guests (limited number).

When: May 8th is the anniversary of Joan's lifting of the siege of Orleans, France. This victory is ultimately what saved France from the English in the Hundred Years' War and renewed confidence in France's military power. It was Joan's first military victory...and she was only 17 years old!

Why: The Joan of Arc Project grew out of the first annual St. Joan of Arc Parade, held January 6, 2009. The Project includes a new membership-based krewe; a one-day Joan of Arts Fete, to be held January 3, 2010; and a new, expanded parade route. We also have several community partnerships and special events we'd like to tell you about that will keep Joan of Arc in the public's mind throughout the year, and give everyone an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate Joan and her significance to New Orleans.

Mission: The mission of the St. Joan of Arc Project is to celebrate the relationship of Joan of Arc to New Orleans, and highlight the relationship and lineage of New Orleans to France. We are a secular organization whose primary focus is to produce an annual parade and an annual fete honoring Joan of Arc; educate all ages about her story; inspire the public to visit her statue in the French Quarter and understand its significance to our city; represent the medieval times in which she lived; present an artistic interpretation of her pursuits, successes, and failures;celebrate French holidays and significant dates with the public as an opportunity to honor New Orleans’ French heritage; and to evoke pride in our city’s uniqueness by utilizing Joan as a symbol of individual strength, determination, and loyalty.

Because Joan of Arc’s birthday is the same day we celebrate Twelfth Night in New Orleans (January 6th), the connection between her life and our city is multilayered. Our signature production is a parade in the French Quarter, selected as our inaugural and our primary activity because it is the most visible, theatrical, and accessible way to engage the general public about Joan of Arc. It is also a nod to the parade held each year in our French sister city of Orleans, France, where a young girl leads a parade on May 8th each year in honor of Joan’s lifting of the siege of Orleans.