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Carnival Cruisin'

Tonight, there will be movies, readings, and parades. If that’s not enough for you, there are plenty of Twelfth Night parties to be enjoyed. From Benny Grunch in Mid City to proto-tiki carnival downtown, NOLA is offering something for everyone on Epiphany night. Click on through for some more offering.

NOLA's Arc

Procession for Jeanne d'Arc Rolls Through Quarter Tonight

The twelfth night is upon us, and the first parades of the season is getting ready to roll. Or should we say roulez, as the Jeanne d'Arc Parade celebrates its French namesake and New Orleans’ patron saint tonight (1.06).

Better a Witty Fool

The Twelfth Night holds religious significance for millions world wide. In New Orleans, Tuesday (1.06) evokes a religious fervor for something a bit more secular. At 7:00p.m. Carnival Season will begin when the Phorty Phunny Phellows roll down St. Charles Avenue.

Cake & Bake

NoDef Talks to Gambino's About King Cakes, the Saints, and Trad vs. Filled

Carnival season is officially here, and bakers all over the city are working hard to feed the festive masses. NoDef talked to Gambino’s Bakeries owner Sam Scelfo about Twelfth Night sales, traditional vs. filled, and new flavors for 2014. Those loyal to Haydel's can get their cakes in Orleans Parish, at the bakery's SnoWizard pop-up.  

NOLA Brewing & New Belgium Roll Out Chicory Milk Stout for Twelfth Night

Along with the arrival of the Carnival season, a new brew is set to pour out of local taps on Twelfth Night. NOLA Brewing and New Belgium Brewing, a recent arrival to the local beer scene, teamed up to create the Blackstrap Chicory Milk Stout. In four local bars conveniently positioned along the Phunny Phorty Phellows' streetcar ride, the beer will roll out for the first time when the sun goes down.

Today in New Orleans 1.6.14

Carnival season is here! The Phunny Phorty Phellows are welcoming Mardi Gras on St. Charles, and the Krewe of Joan of Arc is getting heroic in the French Quarter. On this date in 1820, Theatre star Alice Ripley is in town for NOCCA’s Broadway series. Reconstruction era Gov. Robert Charles Wickliffe was born in Bardstown, KY. Now, read on to find out where to spend your Twelfth Night. 

Joan of Arc, Phunny Phorty Phellows Parade for 12th Night (Routes)

Tomorrow, New Orleanians trade red and green for purple, green and gold. In the spirit of Twelfth Night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows are coming out of the car barn to herald in the season on the streetcar line. French Quarter celebrants will parade and toast to Joan of Arc in honor of the epiphany, which is also the heroine's birthday.  

Phunny Phorty Phellows: Twelfth Night on the Tracks

King Cake season is here, but many need a ritual push into Mardi Gras festivities. The Vieux Carre has their Joan of Arc parade, but if you’re in the mood for a less medieval kickoff, head uptown for Phunny Phorty Phellows annual ride down the streetcar tracks.

Today in New Orleans 1.6.13

It’s the epiphany, which means it’s finally okay to break out our king cakes! Mardi Gras is around the corner, and there’s music, parades, plays, and more to kick off your Carnival. On this day in 1994, Harry Connick Jr.’s, “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” was certified Platinum. Now, more Twelfth Night happenings. 

Krewe of Joan of Arc to March on Twelfth Night

Joan of Arc might not be a New Orleans lady, but twelfth night birthday has turned her legacy into a distinctly local celebration. The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc is marching in her honor for the fifth year in a row. Head to the quarter for handmade throws, riders on horseback, and medieval costumes to celebrate Joan’s 601st birthday.

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