Jan 072016
 
The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Thursday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Wednesday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday, Jan 6 the Phunny Phorty Phellows Carnival krewe welcomed in Carnival season 2016. The annual event signals the beginning of Carnival season which concludes with Mardi Gras day on Feb 9. The Phellows are a krewe that dates back to 1898 and this streetcar tradition dates back to 1981.

Masked revelers welcome in Carnival season 2016 in the Willow street streetcar barn before the Phunny Phorty Phellows embark on their annual ride. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Masked revelers welcome in Carnival season 2016 in the Willow street streetcar barn before the Phunny Phorty Phellows embark on their annual ride. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Hoffpauir pours glasses of champagne for the Phunny Phorty Phellows to welcome in Carnival season at the Willow Street streetcar barn. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Hoffpauir pours glasses of champagne for the Phunny Phorty Phellows to welcome in Carnival season at the Willow Street streetcar barn. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Masked members of the Phunny Phorty Phellows embark on their annual ride from the Willow street barn down the St. Charles avenue streetcar line. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Masked members of the Phunny Phorty Phellows embark on their annual ride from the Willow street barn down the St. Charles avenue streetcar line. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wednesday marked the first day king cakes were available for purchase. Wednesday was 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first day of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wednesday marked the first day king cakes were available for purchase. Wednesday was 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first day of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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