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From 1878 to 1885, the Phunny Phorty Phel­lows, a group of merry maskers, fol­lowed be­hind the re­gal Rex pa­rade on Mardi Gras Day, bring­ing a close to the sea­son of “phun and phrivolity.” That tra­di­tion was re­born and revamped in 1981, street­car with to the herald fun-lov­ingthe “count­downkrewe now to tak­ing Car­ni­val.”to the The St. Mardi Charles Gras mad­ness kicks off on Twelfth Night (Jan. 6) at 6:30 pm with king cake and a Cham­pagne toast at the Wil­low Street Car Barn (Wil­low and S. Car­roll­ton streets), then rolls along St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street and back again. Fol­low­ing in the Phel­lows’ tracks, a new krewe (also lim­ited to 40 mem­bers) hits the rails this year in cel­e­bra­tion of the re­cently com­pleted Ram­part street­car line. The Not So Se­cret So­ci­ety of Elysian Fields boards at Elysian Fields and Ram­part at 7:30 pm, and con­tin­ues to Union Pas­sen­ger Terminal, be­fore cir­cling back. Rid­ers will dis­em­bark at each stop along the way to raise a toast and toss a few beads. Po­si­tion your­self on Canal Street, and you might be lucky enough to catch both.

Phunny Phorty Phel­lows

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