This parade 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!

We love and respect our community, and Asheville is not Bourbon Street. 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 – with a definite emphasis on FUN!

All are welcome to march or cheer on the marchers this February. Laissez les bons temps rouler!



Date: February 11, 2018
Time: 12:05 pm, Sharp!
Location: Downtown Asheville

Parade Route: More to come on this!

Information For Marchers

All members of Asheville Mardis Gras are welcome to march in the parade. To become a member, click the Pay Pal link to the right.

Join a Krewe!

You’re welcome to march solo, or with a group of your friends as part of a krewe. You may even be able to join one of our existing krewes! Click Here

All we ask is that you dress up, show up and bring some goodies like candy or beads to throw out to the parade attendees.