Phunny Phorty Phellows rolls down St. Charles Ave.

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New Orleans celebrates the start of the Carnival season with 12th night with the Phunny Phorty Phellows Parade.

“Instead of having post-Christmas let down that the rest of the world has, we have post Mardi Gras

build-up,”  Errol Laborde, Mardi Gras Historian said.

So why is the title spelled with P’s?

“Kind of a humor thing, and so when our group we just borrowed from the old tradition the old name

In fact were more than 40 and were not all fellows and some are funny and some are not,” Laborde explains.

It takes a 13-mile route along St Charles Avenue then the parade travels a couple blocks down Canal Street and comes back.

The 33-year tradition makes its way through the usual route despite construction obstacles, along the way.

“There will be one part along the track where were going to have to single track, which means the street car coming the other direction is going to have to stop and we go around and vice-versa,”  Laborde said.

This year’s Carnival season lasts nearly two months, until the start of Mardi Gras on March 4th.

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