A small but enthusiastic crowd cheered the Phunny Phorty Phellows as a streetcar packed with revelers left the Willow Streetcar Barn on Thursday (Jan. 6) for the krewe’s ride through Uptown signaling the start of the Carnival season. The route was shortened to the loop between Willow Street and Erato, due to construction in the downtown area. But krewe members were happy to be back after last year’s cancellation.
“We are so pleased to be riding through uptown New Orleans.” said Krewe Captain Peggy Scott Laborde in a press release. “We will travel a route that is the path of many Mardi Gras parades, so it’s only fitting that we honor them with our ride. We are doing what we can to kick off the season in a responsible way. We are grateful to the Regional Transit Authority for their cooperation.”
The riders’ masks covered their mouths and noses as well as their eyes, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Phellows are a historic Mardi Gras organization that first took to the streets in 1878 and ceased parading in 1898. The group was revived in 1981. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the krewe’s revival.