February 11, 2018
Join the fun at this family-friendly spectacle showcasing our local personality and creativity. Asheville's Mardi Gras Parade 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 - rain or shine. These photos are from 2017.
New route this year! Due to the big tennis tournament at the US Cellular Center, the parade is moving a few blocks away to snake through the South Slope brewery district. They will line up on Federal Alley (fun to mingle there before the parade), stepping off at 3:05 from the corner of Hilliard and Cox, proceeding down Coxe, left on Banks, back across Buxton, down Coxe and ending on Milliard. The route is about a half mile, so there's plenty of room to watch. The 2018 them is "AsheVillage People" to reflect our inclusivity and diversity. GPS address to use: 147 Coxe Avenue (Funkatorium). See map below!
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 Federal Alley, 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, so expect some great costumes!
See more of our parade photos on Facebook.
2018 Parade Route Map
To watch, line up along Coxe, Banks and Buxton Avenues.
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: At Salvage Station.
- Queen's Ball: On Sunday evening after the parade, continue the fun at the Mardi Gras Queen's Ball starting at 7 PM at Club 11 On Grove.
Watch Mardi Gras Parade Highlights from 2017