Phunny Phorty Phellows celebrate cold first night of Carnival

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 11:41 PM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Email: dmassa@wwltv.com | Twitter: @DMassaWWL

NEW ORLEANS - Despite near-freezing temperatures, a good-sized crowd was on hand Monday night to help the Phunny Phorty Phellows usher in the 2014 Carnival season.

Despite the cold, fans packed into the Willow St. streetcar barn Uptown for the annual kickoff to Carnival, and the streetcar ride of the PPP.  Maskers wore extra layers under their costumes this year, with temperatures in the 30s.

As always, the ride was complete with creative costumes, champagne for a toast from the Krewe of Oak and even members of other Carnival organizations, and the Storyville Stompers jazz band to get things going.

The Phellows, which date back to the 19th century, have reveled in their role as heralds of Carnival since being revived in 1981.

Check out the photo gallery, as well as these photos from our partners at Uptown Messenger.  Also, email any of your shots from the PPP's ride to eyewitness@wwltv.com and we'll include them.

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