Celebrate Twelfth Night In NOLA

Dated: 01/02/2018

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In some countries, Twelfth Night (also known as Epiphany Eve) occurs on January 5 and is the official end of the Christmas season. Many Christian countries remove their Christmas decorations on that date and also prepare king cakes to honor the Three Kings who visited Jesus with gifts. There is confusion as to the official date of Twelfth Night because some countries consider sunset on December 24 as the official beginning of Christmas. In New Orleans however, January 6 is celebrated as Twelfth Night and the official start to the Mardi Gras season with various celebrations.

There are two fun parades that night to get things started:

1) Krewe of Joan of Arc is a walking parade whose krewe members are dressed in French medieval costumes from the 1400’s. The krewe meets at Toulouse and Decatur and proceeds through the French Quarter, where they make some stops, one at St. Louis Cathedral for a sword blessing by Father Philip Landry and another for the crowning of the king and queen. Afterwards, everyone walks back to Decatur Street where the parade began.

2)Phunny Phorty Phellows Parade is a humorous krewe that officially heralds the start of the  Mardi Gras season. They meet at the Willow Street Car Barn uptown and take the complete St. Charles streetcar line, while drinking champagne and enjoying some king cake.

Also, you are now allowed to eat king cake (legend tells us that if you eat king cake before Twelfth Night, it will rain on Mardi Gras Day)!

For information on activities during Twelfth Night, please see the following link:


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Part of an invitation to the 1884 "bal masque" of the Twelfth Night Revelers. (Public domain image)

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