SCENE: A Street Car Named Phunny!

7PM Tonight in New Orleans: The Phunny Phorty Phellows herald the arrival of the Mardi Gras season with its annual streetcar parade ride.

The costumed and masked krewe will assemble on Twelfth Night, January 6, 2009 at Canal Street Station (Canal & N. White) at 6:30pm. At 7pm sharp, the Phunny Phorty Phellows will board the streetcar and begin their ride to “Herarld the Arrival of Carnival” down the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar Line.

The Phellows, commonly referred to as the “Dessert of Carnival,” are an historic Mardi Gras organization that first took to the streets 1878 through 1898. They were known for their satirical parades and today’s krewe members’ costumes often reflect topical themes. The group was revived in 1981.

A full schedule of season parades can be found here. Mardi Gras day itself is February 24, 2009.

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