We’re pleased to share the following press release from the Phunny Phorty Phellows.
Phunny Phorty Phellows To Take Different Streetcar Route to Announce Start of 2007 Carnival Season
The Heralds of Carnival !!!!!
With Endymion having been once again been assigned to the St. Charles Avenue route, the Phunny Phorty Phellows will provide the only organized Carnival activity along the traditional Canal Street route this year.
[Note: The final decision on Endymion has not yet been made. — Editor]
Because the Phellows’ traditional St. Charles streetcar path is still undergoing repair, the group will break precedent this Saturday Night January 6 and begin their ride on N. Carrollton near City Park.
The costumed and masked krewe will assemble on the neutral ground in front of City Park (at North Carrollton next to Beaureguard Circle) at 6:30pm and will board the streetcar at 7pm sharp.
“We are so pleased to be riding through Historic Mid-City.” states the Captain of the Phellows. ” We’ll proceed down Carrollton, turn left on Canal Street, arrive at the Mississippi Riverfront terminus and retrace the route, ending back at City Park. Mid-City is a neighborhood that is working very hard to bounce back from Katrina and we applaud the progress its residents are making. We also appreciate the cooperation of the Regional Transit Authority in this endeavor. Many folks may not realize that the RTA headquarters is located in Mid-City.”
The Phellows will be accompanied by the Storyville Stompers Brass Band.
The Phellows 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.
One Carnival historian has referred to the organization as the “Dessert of Carnival.”