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Twelfth night is upon us and Carnival Season 2014 is off to a cold start.
“I’m read. I’m definitely ready,” yells a Phunny Phorty Phellow krewe member.
“We have two more months, but Carnival starts tonight.”
“I’m just glad it’s going to be warm when Carnival comes because me fingers are frozen.”
As krewes parade Uptown and in the French Quarter those at Loyola play in the snow! The university dumped more than 20 tons of fake snow on their front lawn to ring in the official start of Carnival.
“It’s nice to have snow here. I feel like we finally fit in with everyone else around the country,” says a spectator.
In the French Quarter the Joan of Arc parade kicks off the madness. Dressed in medieval costumes members have away handmade throws, bagpipes, and drums.
Uptown, the Phunny Phorty Phellows take to the rails. Despite construction it all came together for the group who parades aboard the Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar. They rolled from the Riverbend to Canal and back sippin champagne, eating King Cake and letting the very first beads of Mardi Gras Season fly.