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Mardi Gras 2022 is here: Phunny Phorty Phellows are heralding the return of Carnival

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Bart Everson
Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar with the Storyville Stompers band ready to roll out of the Mid-City Canal Street Streetcar Barn to start the 2009 New Orleans Carnival season.

The holiday season is in the rearview mirror in many cities across the nation, but in New Orleans, many are gearing up for Carnival season, starting with Twelfth Night. The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to ride the rails on January 6, heralding the start — and return — of Mardi Gras 2022.

The annual historic St. Charles streetcar ride starts at the Willow Streetcar Barn and travels through the traditional Uptown parade route. And this year, the parade is filled with some extra anticipation, as it marks the return of a customary Carnival season after a one-year hiatus of parades due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WWNO’s Diane Mack spoke to Peggy Scott Laborde, captain of the Phunny Phorty Phellows, as the krewe prepares to kick off Mardi Gras season.

Diane hosts Louisiana Considered on Tuesdays on WRKF and WWNO.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.