January 6th is Twelfth Night. I am thinking of my friends in the Phunny Phorty Phellows who will ride the streetcar in New Orleans this evening to celebrate the traditional beginning of Carnival season. In that vein, I have just learned of the death of Harold Myers. I did not know Harold, but I saw him every January 6th when he would greet the Phellows with a host of masked companions along the streetcar route. At Gallier Hall the streetcar would stop and Myers would toast the newly crowned king and queen. In the true spirit of Carnival, we never knew his identity. Above, Myers, third from the right in the trench coat, poses with his fellow maskers and Jolie, M.R.E. Antoinette, the reigning queen of the Phellows, second from the left, on January 6, 2006, the first ride after Hurricane Katrina. Below, Myers offers a Carnival toast on Twelfth Night 2007. "Harold Myers Jr. loved Carnival in New Orleans,"
Errol LaBorde writes, "and he celebrated it in a way unlike anyone else." He will be sorely missed tonight and for all of the Twelfth Nights to come.
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