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!

Krewes are welcome to have a float and/or a sound system, although neither are necessary. You can theme your costumes or go free form! You can throw beads or other giveaways (candy is discouraged) or skip it. Basically, keep it fun and respectful and you’ll do just fine!

Kids and dogs are also welcome to march in the parade. Just keep in mind that the environment can be quite intense, so just be sure that will work out OK.

We’ll be back in touch closer to parade time to let you know your position in the parade. That’s all it takes!


Sign Up Here ~ Never too late!

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. You can become a member by CLICKING HERE. Of course, we’d love it if all krewe members join, as the only way we survive and are able to host the parade each year is through membership support.

Help Out!

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. We might also ask for your help with crowd flow. It’s a great gig for a teenager or anyone who wants to get involved in the parade but not necessarily march! You can sign up your volunteer here:



Street Creature (Royal Krewe!)

The Kava Krewe

Krewe Of Bastet

Krewe Des Os Royeaux

The Kava Krewe

Temple Nightshade

Outlaw Misfits Krewe


Become An Asheville Mardi Gras Member!

While most of our events are open to the wider community, the best way to get involved is to become a member.

The low annual $25 fee gets you discounted or FREE entry to all our events throughout the year. Plus, you ensure that AMG can continue bringing its own high-energy brand of fun to the streets of Asheville all year long! 

The button below will take you to our PayPal page. Select the number of memberships you want to purchase and click "Continue." If you have a PayPal account, login to complete the transaction. If you don't, just click on "Pay With Debit or Credit Card." It's that simple!

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