Today is the 12th Day of Christmas. The Epiphany. King’s Day. Some 2000+ years ago, three magi visited the Baby Jesus. In New Orleans, it’s the start of Carnival season, which means that Mardi Gras is just around the corner. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
All across the city, and the rest of Louisiana for that matter, celebrants are dining on king cake covered with purple, green, and gold sprinkles and icing. You might even be lucky enough to get the baby (don’t forget to buy the next one).
To celebrate this occasion, and officially start the Carnival season, the Phunny Phorty Phellows will make their annual street car ride from the barn on Willow and Carrollton all the way to Canal Street and back. They leave at 7, and if you have the chance to watch them ride by, I suggest you do. There’s something magical about a street car packed with costumed revelers that’ll make you think “Only In New Orleans.”
Also, if you’re wondering why there’s a blimp hovering around the city, or why there’s an estimated 250,000 tourists in town this weekend, it might be because of a couple of football games this weekend. Playoffs, BCS National Championship. No biggie.
The time period from New Years Eve to the BCS game is expected to produce over a $500 million economic impact, an impact greater than even the Super Bowl, says Mayor Mitch Landrieu. It’s a great time to be in the Crescent City.