Posted: Monday, 06 January 2014 6:07AM
Carnival season kicks off in New Orleans
Get ready for a steady diet of King Cakes the next couple of months.
A long Carnival season gets underway in New Orleans tonight.
As is their official job, the Phunny Phorty Phellows will board their streetcar at the Willow Street car barn and begin their ride to 'Herald the Arrival of Carnival' this evening.
"We kick off Carnival every year on the most historic mode of transportation we know of...the streetcar," says the krewe's always anonymous Captain. "We're the 'Heralds of Carnival'."
"We'll be assembling at 6:30, and we'll leave promptly at 7. You'll see a lot of pomp and circumstance at the barn, with the Storyville Stompers and folks dressed in costume."
It's the traditional start of the season.
The Phellows first paraded from 1878 to 1898, with satirical parades. The group was revived in 1981 by a group of friends and enthusiasts. The following year, the Phellows began the tradition of riding the streetcar on Twelfth Night.
"We are traditional. But look carefully at the costumes, because many of them poke fun at topical issues, both local and national. We're a satirical group, and have been since the beginning. So, if you look a little closer...there's some very traditional costumes and some not so traditional."
The krewe's route along the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar Line is a traditional one.
They'll travel down South Carrollton Avenue to St. Charles, down to Canal Street via Carondelet Street to Canal and turn back on to St. Charles to return to the uptown route back to car barn.
Just stake out a spot along the route from Uptown down to Lee Circle and back around to Uptown again.
Carnival season is a long one this year, leading up the Mardi Gras parades...some of them along the same St. Charles route...on Fat Tuesday, March 4th.
Click here for more information and a map of the streetcar route...