Rain, shine or phreezing temps, the Phunny Phorty Phellows launch Carnival season

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(New Orleans) WGNO - On this rainy Phriday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows dealt with near-phreezing temperatures to announce the start of Carnival season.

"We're just on a little streetcar, but when we pass by you, you know that Carnival's begun -- that's what we are, the heralds of Carnival," says the krewe's captain.

Every year on Twelfth Night, the krewe rides a streetcar on the St. Charles Avenue route, choosing its 2017 Queen and "Boss" (Phunny Phorty Phellows version of a King) along the way, while eating King Cake and drinking champagne.

The captain adds, "Phunny Phorty Phellows  originated in the late 1800s and from 1878 to 1898, and then a group of us in 1980 took up the banner again. The orginal 'PPP' are known for satirical costumes and pretty ones too. We also have a motto which I would like to share with you: A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the best of men -- and for us women too!"

It was a wet and chilly evening, but nothing could dampen the spirit of the crowd that packed the Willow Street Car Barn.  Shortly after 6 p.m., satire and champagne were flowing non-stop.

After the obligatory countdown and an official toast from the Krewe of OAK, the streetcar made its way out of the barn -- but was delayed almost immediately because of some poorly-parked cars.

The streets were less crowded than usual because of the weather, but inside the street car, the party never missed a beat.

After all, in New Orleans, we don't let anyone rain on our parades -- even Mother Nature.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.