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Five Festive Things to Do on Twelfth Night

13:00 January 03, 2022
By: Gracie Wise

We have a lot to look forward to as we enter the new year, and Mardi Gras is one of them. Twelfth Night, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, marks the beginning of the Carnival season. Usually, New Orleans celebrates with private balls and street parades to psych people up, and king cakes are in high demand. The city has a lot of exciting things planned for this year, so grab your friends and family, and let the good times roll!

St. Joan of Arc Parade

If you're dying to go to a parade, now's your chance! Join the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc as they wish St. Joan of Arc a happy birthday with a medieval-style parade, a royal toast, a sword blessing, and a crowning ceremony. The parade will promptly start at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. This is a good way of celebrating Twelfth Night, as well as paying homage to the woman who liberated Orleans, France, from British rule. It's also a neat way of meeting fellow fans of medieval culture! See the parade route at. 7330 Sycamore St., 504-251-5046,

Image Courtesy of Phunny Phorty Phellows

Phunny Phorty Phellow's Parade

Another parade to attend is Phunny Phorty Phellows's annual streetcar parade. The krewe, founded in 1878, plans to assemble in the Willow Street Car Barn at 7 p.m., where they will "herald the arrival of Carnival" down the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line. Expect to see the Storyville Stompers during the parade!

Twelfth Night Celebration at the Sazerac House

Just because we're getting back to normal doesn't mean house floats are a thing of the past! The Sazerac House will unveil the interactive float "King Cocktail" in the lobby, which was commissioned by the Krewe of Red Beans and various Mardi Gras artists last year. Grab your friends and take selfies in front of the float as you eat slices of Nonna Randazzo's king cake and jam out to some tunes played by DJ Ann Glaviano. House tours will also be available. 101 Magazine St., 504-910-0100,

Image Courtesy of The Societé des Champs Elysée

Candlelight: From Bach to the Beatles

Enjoy a night of classical music performed by the Listeso String Quartet under candlelight at Felicity Church. Presented by Fever Originals, Candlelight will take the audience back into time as the string quartet performs classics such as "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major" and "Ave Maria" by Bach, as well as hits like "Hey Jude," "Michelle," and "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles. Candlelight will perform on the Twelfth Night and on Thursday, February 3, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $35. 1220 Felicity St., 504-457-8513,

A Night of Joy with the Societé des Champs Elyseé

Join the not-so-secret Societé des Champs Elyseé at the Carnaval Lounge for a "Night of Joy" at 6 p.m. as they reign in the Carnival season with dazzling costumes and talented musicians. This year's theme is A Confederacy of Dunces Aboard a Ship of Fools. The party is open to everyone, so grab your friends and join the krewe! General admission for non-krewe members is $25 and $20 in advance/at the door in costume. 2227 St. Claude Ave., 504-265-8855,

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