Streetcar ride gets Carnival revelers on track

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  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Taking the leap into the Mardi Gras season are members of Fiscal Cliff Notes, from left, Barbara LaFleur, Jim Segreto and Patricia Morris.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy was on hand Sunday for the zany trolley ride with the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Kicking off the Mardi Gras season is a family tradition for the Wainrights, of New Orleans, from left, Nola, 6, and Gary II, 4, in the arms of dad Gary Wainright.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Anne and Justin Winston prepare to roll with the Phunny Phorty Phellows. This is the 21st year that the couple has taken part in the streetcar ride that welcomes Carnival.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Pat Jolly joins 'Boss' Phil Martin for the 12th Night ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Looking festively regal is Courtney Blitch as she prepares to board the St. Charles Avenue streetcar for the annual ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Phunny Phorty Phellows royals Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde prepare for the merriment of the annual trolley ride that kicks off the Carnival season in New Orleans.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- L.J. Goldstein and Rebecca Lemon prepare to take the ride of their lives with the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Moved by the music, masker Kenneth Fanning dances among the members of the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- The Storyville Stompers perform for ritual ride of the Phunny Phorty Phellows.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- The Storyville Stompers get members of the Phunny Phorty Phellows in the spirit during the annual kick-off of the Carnival season.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Steve and Christine Serbay were part of a group that embraced a Hubig's Pie theme for the annual Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar ride down St. Charles Avenue.

  • Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- A reveler scores her first set of Mardi Gras beads of the season Sunday as the krewe of the Phunny Phorty Phellows departs for their ride down St. Charles Avenue.