Who we are:

Asheville Mardi Gras is an all-volunteer community based organization made up of aficionados of the Mardi Gras culture, and –okay, folks who just LOVE a good party!

Our Purpose:

We are an arts and culture group. Our purpose is to strengthen Western North Carolina community connections through promoting creativity, frivolity and celebration, based on the traditions of Mardi Gras.

What we’re about:

We’re about Mardi Gras, or Carnival, an ancient world-wide tradition of feasting and celebrating before entering a time of atonement.

We love and respect our families and community. Alcohol and nudity are not part of our twist on Mardi Gras in the mountains. We are promoting a fun, safe event for all ages that will grow into one of Asheville’s most beloved festivals.

What we offer:

The parade and queen’s ball is our gift to the city, a zany, exuberant and irreverent downtown event in the dead of mid-winter. We invite residents to get together with friends, neighbors, and coworkers to create high quality surprising and entertaining entries, add upbeat music, and strut their stuff tossing those ubiquitous beads to the crowd. Zaniness, political satire, and amazing displays of populist art appreciated!

How you can participate:

We are a member-supported Non-Profit that relies on your generosity. You can become a supporter and co-creator by becoming a member today!

Asheville Mardi Gras is about having a great time celebrating Mardi Gras in a safe family environment.

Costumes should be elaborate and creative but not obscene. A collection of revelers with a unified theme is called a Krewe – START YOUR OWN KREWE – CLICK HERE.

Floats and vehicles should be decorated and operated in a safe manner with  2 Krewe members walking along beside vehicles to avoid accidents. Behavior that is considered damaging to the reputation of Asheville Mardi Gras will not be permitted and Krewes can be banned from participation.


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Join the Funky Fun Party People

Three Levels
- Beads (Individual)
- Doubloon (Business - up to 8 members)
- Golden Coconut
(The VIP shizzle - up to 30 members)

Member benefits:
• Free admission to the Cajun Cook-off
• The prestigious Queen’s Ball
• Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Member Picnic
• A handcrafted souvenir Mardi Gras pin
• Keeping Asheville Mardi Gras HOMEGROWN, FANCY & FREE for all!

All hail Asheville Mardi Gras' 2014 Royalty

May theirs be a reign of peace, prosperity and hilarity!

King Tony Rogers and Queen Michella Bella Roche!