Jan 062013

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With champagne, confetti and an array of audacious costumes, the Phunny Phorty Phellows made their annual St. Charles Avenue streetcar ride Sunday evening to herald the start of the 2013 Carnival season.

Confetti flies from the windows of the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar on Willow Street as the crowds clamor for beads. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on the Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar survey the crowd Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Costumed revelers surround the streetcar in the Willow Street barn before it begins its Twelfth Night ride. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Politics make an easy target for satirical costumes of the Phunny Phorty Phellows. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Masked revelers join in the merriment with signs poking at local events. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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