February 26, 2017 (photos from 2017)
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.
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 2017 is "X" since it's their 10th anniversary.
More Mardi Gras Events
Queen's Ball: On Sunday evening after the parade, continue the fun at the Mardi Gras Queen's Ball in the Century Room & South Bar at Pack’s Tavern in downtown, 5-8 PM.
February 28, 2017: 1st Annual Asheville Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration at Salvage Station (468 Riverside Drive) near downtown Asheville with side show performances starting at 7 PM and live band 9 PM-Midnight. Costume contests, Cajun food, more. $5/person. Go to their website.
January 6, 2017: Twelfth Night Party
The opening celebration to kick off this spectacular winter rumpus is the traditional Twelfth Night party, always twelve nights after Christmas (January 6) at Eleven on Grove (11 Grove St, Asheville), 7-11 PM. This is the night that the King and Queen of Asheville Mardi Gras are crowned to lead the parade. King Cake will be cut and royalty will be crowned once the baby in the cake is discovered by one lucky attendee. Memberships will be available at the door. As always, costumery and buffoonery are welcome, but not required. $10 at the door. $20 for membership dues
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)