TAKING IT TO THE STREETCARS
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