Phunny Phorty Phellows mean Carnival season has arrived

Phunny Phorty Phellows mean Carnival season has arrived

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Carnival season is here, and that means King Cake, parades and - of course - all those throws. But Wednesday night there was a special party aboard a streetcar.

Masked and ready to ride, the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual 12th Night ride down St. Charles Avenue. The Krewe is known for political satire and as the "Dessert of Carnival."

"It is our duty to announce that it's Carnival time, January 6th. It is officially now okay to eat King Cake. We are the Phunny Phorty Phellows - not all Phellows, and the Heralds of Carnival," said a masked krewe spokeswoman. "Note the satirical costumes, some beautiful. We like to poke fun! The group is a satirical organization dating back from the 1800s."

But, as we're reminded by FOX 8 Carnival historian Arthur Hardy, there will be fewer days to celebrate this year, as Fat Tuesday arrives early.

"The earlier the season is, the fewer days there are to get ready for it," Hardy said. "Sometimes it's a soft season tourism-wise, people are still paying off their Christmas credit card bills, as we mentioned. There is no spring break that early, but to New Orleanians, we don't care. We are glad visitors come, but it's a party we throw for ourselves."

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