New streetcar riding 'krewe' to herald Carnival season

November 17, 2018 - 2:16 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A new ``krewe'' plans to help kick off New Orleans' annual Carnival season on Jan. 6.
  
A group known as the Phunny Phorty Phellows has long heralded the arrival of the season by donning costumes and taking a ride on the St. Charles Avenue street car. New Orleans news outlets report that, now, another streetcar full of revelers plans to follow them.
  
A spokesman says the group, the Funky Uptown Krewe, hopes to encourage more people to come out for the start of the season. One attraction is a chance to literally catch some music: the group will toss CDs featuring local bands.
  
Carnival season begins on Jan. 6 and continues until Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which falls next year on March 5. 

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