Believed to have come from the mid-1800s from the Mistick Krewe of Comus – the oldest continuous New Orleans Mardis Gras festivity organization – the word “krewe” simply refers to a group of people who march together in the parade.
In Asheville, some krewes are open to new members, while others guard their membership like the best secret societies. Krewe information can be found below, including which are open and accepting new members. If a group is accepting new members, click on the contact name and send along a note to find out if you can join them for the fun. Otherwise, feel free to start your own krewe!
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There are no minimum number of people required to form a krewe, but we do require that at least one person in your krewe is an Asheville Mardi Gras member. Of course, we’d love it if all krewe members sign up, as the only way we survive and are able to host the parade each year is through membership support.
We also ask that at least one person associated with your krewe volunteer to work the barriers at the parade. This gig basically consists of helping to set up the barriers that close the roads at the start of the parade, removing them when the parade is over, and manning them during the parade to make sure no traffic gets through. It’s a great gig for a teenager or anyone who wants to get involved in the parade but not necessarily march!
We’ll be back in touch closer to parade time to let you know your position in the parade. That’s all it takes!
Krewe La La — OPEN
Contact Diane Curry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewlu Krewe — OPEN
Contact Kate Chassner: email@example.com
Asheville Second Line/Parasol Posse — OPEN
Contact Lois Jolly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krewe of Barkus (Brother Wolf Animal Rescue) — OPEN
Requests krewe members to wear BWAR colors of red and white.
Contact Carissa Collinge: email@example.com
WNC Zumba® KREWE — OPEN
Contact Sheila Dillingham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of The Flying Spaghetti Monster — OPEN
Pirate attire required.
Contact Joshua Massey: email@example.com
Krewe de la Montagne Magique — OPEN
Open to new members, especially any little fairies wanting to march with their parents. Fairy costume is encouraged but also looking for mermaids, unicorns, yeti, dragons or any other mythical beings.
Contact Erin Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krewe of Bastet — CLOSED
Krewe Du Tube — CLOSED
Cantaria/The Gay Men’s Chorus of Asheville — CLOSED
(For chorus membership contact: email@example.com)
Gris Gris Strutters — CLOSED