Mardi Gras Day is February 28 this year, but that's not when you want to start getting involved in the festivities. The actual Carnival Season begins each year on January 6, which is also Three King's Day or Feast of the Epiphany.
The Mardi Gras krewe of The Phunny Phorty Phellows will be riding the streetcar tonight to start off the season.
They'll be in the Uptown section of the city and heading down St. Charles Avenue on a streetcar starting at 7PM. This krewe has a tradition of satire and fun as opposed to the regal presentation presented by the Krewe of Rex. Check out their website for more details at: http://www.phunnyphortyphellows.com
Parades from several krewes and clubs will be running every day through to Mardi Gras.
Photo credit: Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune
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