Friday, July 17, 2009

Joan did her THANG today!

When Joan said "I was born for this" she meant she was born to crown the Dauphin the King of France. She made it happen--AND attended his coronation with the banner she carried on the battlefield. Because this was (pun intended) her "crowning achievement", it's something we need to remember her for first and foremost, rather than the most common image of her as a burning martyr. For this reason, we intend to crown a king on Twelfth Night at the Joan statue at the end of the parade route. We already have the King cake...we just need a King!
Our friend Ben Kennedy, fellow Joan blogger, writes all about the coronation and Joan's role in it here:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Local columnist calls Joan "The New 'it' Girl!"

Thank you Chris Rose for recognizing Joan as a hipster--and relevant! He gives the krewe a great shout out about our book club, starting tomorrow tonight.

And, he says, in typical NOLA style, the only thinking left to do is to name a drink after her.

Well...we actually have a cocktail contest in the works...we met recently with our sponsor hotel, The Bienville House Hotel, and their restaurant, Iris, about a Joan of Arc cocktail contest for December 6th, one month out from the parade as a way to get the word out about our new route! Look for our tents at the Bienville statue and come out and drink and vote!
Julie, our art director, has been texting me drink ideas for months...come taste and choose...cinammon flavored holy water...hmmm!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Joan goes postal!

We have gone 20th century with a post office box so you can contact us via envelope regarding membership, send us your information to propose panels and workshops for the Joan of Arts Fete (see website for additional details), send us cool packages and postcards (i.e., should you be traveling to Domremy or Rouen anytime soon), and anything Joan-related!


P.O. BOX 56815

NEW ORLEANS LA 70156-6815

Check out the website for additional information on ways you can get involved with us:

"Let Them Eat Cake" event at the French Market, featuring Joan!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Joan of Arc for Mayor of New Orleans!

Today in the Quarter I saw some people sporting "Brad Pitt for Mayor" t-shirts.

But I have a better idea.

Why not Joanie on the Pony for Mayor? Why not someone who stands for something? Why not a fierce female who is honest rather than so many of our politicians who couldn't hold a flame to her?
How about a 598-year-old female who knows how to fight and believes in herself and can inspire rather than embarrass? Why not a leader who doesn't care for money or glory and who obeys her own Voices? Last year an Oklahoma town elected a 19 year old for Mayor...Joan was 19 when she died and she'd already saved her country and crowned a King. Quite a resumé.
Could she be any worse than any living politician? I think not. So I say...let the games begin. Joan for Mayor. Write her in!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bastille Day events with Jeanne d' Arc!

Celebrate Bastille Day at the French Market with Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc!

Sunday, July 12 2:00-4:00 p.m. “LET THEM EAT CAKE!” EVENT at the Market Café
Tuesday, July 14 10:30-11:00 a.m. WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY at the Jeanne d’Arc statue

New Orleans, July 7, 2009---The French Market will celebrate Bastille Day twice: on Sunday, July 12th, and on Bastille Day Tuesday, July 14th. Both events, appropriate for the entire family, are free and open to the public. Come down to the Market and celebrate liberté, égalité and fraternité with your fellow New Orleanians!

Indulge in some Francophile fun on Sunday, July 12th, for a tongue-in-cheek nod to Marie Antoinette's infamous line that inspired the French Revolution, "LET THEM EAT CAKE!" for a complimentary cake and champagne party and costume contest at The Market Cafe's outdoor patio. Special guests dressed as Napoleon (MIKKO, Living History Project), Joan of Arc (Caye Mitchell, Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc), and a mime impersonating Marcel Marceau will be present; guests are encouraged to dress as these famous French people or any French character of their choice (Marie Antoinette, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cyrano de Bergerac etc.). Located adjacent to the New Place de France where the Jeanne d'Arc statue stands at Decatur and St. Phillip Streets, The Market Cafe will serve special French menu items in honor of Bastille Day.

SUNDAY JULY 12TH “LET THEM EAT CAKE!” The Market Café 1000 Decatur St.

2:00-4:00 p.m. Pierre Pichon Gypsy Swing Trio plays French Gypsy Jazz
2:30-p.m. Champagne Toast and Le Marseillaise sing-a-long led by Napoleon and Joan of Arc
3:00 p.m. Complimentary cake served
3:15 p.m. French character costume contest*: OPEN TO ALL AGES!

********Costume contestants must come dressed by 2:30 to register for the contest. The winner will receive a gift basket of Francophile items from French Market retail stores valued at $200.**********

Tuesday, July 14th “LA FETE NATIONALE FRANCAISE” Place de France

10:00 a.m. Guests arrive at the Jeanne d’ Arc Statue at Decatur and St. Phillip Streets
10:30 a.m. Welcome speech from Cecile Andry, president of Council of French Societies (in French, then in English)
10:40 a.m. Olivier Brochenin, Consul General of France in Louisiana
10:45 a.m. Amy Kirk Duvoisin, Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc
10:50 a.m. Ken Ferdinand, French Market Corporation
11:00 a.m. Toast and singing of Le Marseillaise
Join us for breakfast* at The Market Café afterwards!
*Breakfast optional and not complimentary.

Honor Bastille Day in a ceremonial fashion with The Council of French Societies and The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc on Tuesday, July 14th. His Honorable, Olivier Brochenin, Consul General of France in Louisiana, will speak and lay the wreath at the statue of Jeanne d’Arc. Ken Ferdinand, Executive Director of the French Market, will offer a toast. Complimentary wine and champagne will be served to guests for the toast and singing of Le Marseillaise and complimentary cupcakes will be served by the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc, featuring Caye Mitchell dressed in armor as Joan.

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