NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The countdown to Mardi Gras is beginning in New Orleans, marked by a streetcar full of raucous costumed revelers.READ MORE: Ones For Texas: Say Thanks To Non-Profit Organizations During 'North Texas Giving Day'
The group known as the Phunny Phorty Phellows kicks off Carnival season Wednesday night by riding a streetcar from the transit storage barns in the Carrollton neighborhood, down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street at the edge of the French Quarter.READ MORE: 'It's Our Job': Firefighters Rescue Passenger Suffering Medical Emergency On Southwest Flight
Carnival season begins on January 6 — the “Twelfth Night” after Christmas. It is celebrated along the Gulf Coast with parties, balls and parades culminating on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a final day of celebration before the solemnity of Ash Wednesday and Lent.
Mardi Gras falls on February 9 this year.MORE NEWS: 1 Pilot In North Texas Military Jet Crash Released, 1 Remains Hospitalized
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