February 11, 2018
Join the fun at this family-friendly spectacle showcasing our local personality and creativity. Asheville's Mardi Gras Parade downtown celebration is rapidly growing as more and more sparkles, feathers, and beads show up each year to march in the annual parade with this year's King and Queen, dancers, roller skaters, drummers and krewes of colorful characters. The high energy slow moving caravan starts at 3:05 PM at the end of Wall Street and travels on Battery Park Avenue, Haywood Street, and Page Avenue by the Grove Arcade. These photos are from 2017.
This parade is an exuberant and irreverent downtown event in the dead of mid-winter. Zaniness, political satire, and amazing displays of populist art abound! This is fun for the entire family - no alcohol and nudity at this celebration. You are also welcome to join the line-up festivities on Wall Street, 1-3 PM.
Asheville Mardi Gras is a social aid and pleasure club as well as an arts and culture group. Their purpose is to strengthen Western North Carolina’s community connections through promoting creativity, frivolity and celebration, based on the traditions of Mardi Gras. They show up at many Asheville events throughout the year to add plenty of fun and personality.
You never know what you will see coming down the street!
Collect plenty of beads for just smiling and waving!
The theme for 2018 is AsheVillage People!
See more of our parade photos on Facebook.
More Mardi Gras Events
- Twelfth Night Celebration on January 6, 2018: The pinnacle of this event, held 7-11PM at Club 11 On Grove, is when Asheville Mardis Gras members take a slice of "King" cake hoping to have been given the prized piece - a slice with the a tiny plastic baby baked inside. Whoever gets the baby in his or her piece will pick a royal consort, and the two will lead the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade as newly crowned royalty!
- Cajun Cook-off on January 21, 2018: More info TBA
- Queen's Ball: On Sunday evening after the parade, continue the fun at the Mardi Gras Queen's Ball.
Watch Mardi Gras Parade Highlights from 2017
Watch Mardi Gras Parade Video Highlights from 2015
Watch a few highlights from the 2015 Parade!
Join in for an entire season that will draw all of this area's most colorful, funky, and artistic people together to revel as a community. Asheville celebrates the entire Mardi Gras season with everything from a lavish parade and Queen's Ball on Bacchus Sunday, to an authentic Cajun Cook-off with some of Western North Carolina's best chefs (January 22, 2017, 1 PM at Salvage Station)