Parade and Queen's Ball
Sunday, Feb 27
TIME: 3:05 Step Off
LOCATION: South Slope
(See below for more details)
This parade is our gift to the city, a zany, exuberant and irreverent downtown event in the dead of 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!
It's our 15th official parade and because 2021 had other plans for us, this year's theme is: The Great Comeback Carnival! March participants are welcome to riff on this theme or go in a completely different direction because, after all, we're all about individuality!
While anyone is welcome to march in the parade, at least one representative of each krewe MUST be a member of Asheville Mardi Gras and must supply one parade volunteer. Keep in mind that the only way the parade survives is through membership support, so if more than one person joins up -- we would certainly appreciate it! To become a member, CLICK HERE. And, speaking of krewes ...
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 to sign up. All we ask is that you dress up, show up and bring some goodies like candy or beads to hand out to the parade attendees.
Parade participants will line up along Federal Alley from between 1 PM and 2 PM on parade day. The parade will then step off at its traditional time of 3:05 PM and head east on Hilliard Ave before turning south on Coxe Ave. The parade will then continue east on Banks Ave, turn briefly south on Church St., then west on Buxton Ave. and back to Federal Alley to finish up.
Parking is permitted on city streets in areas not included in road-closure zones where normally allowed by the city. Additionally, free parking is available at McCormick Field, who has asked that no costuming or float decorating take place on the premises.
Previous AMG Parade Themes:
2007 Any Way You Doux It
2008 (First Official Parade) Flash, Class, Or Trash
2009 Rags To Riches (Or Vice Versa)
2010 Wild At Heart
2011 Homegrown, Fancy, and Free
2012 Royal Wedding
2013 French Broads and Odd Fellows
2014 Where The Wild Things Are
2015 And Now For Something Completely Different
2016 Saints Vs Sinners
2018 AsheVillage People
2019 Wild, Wild Asheville
Roads in the area will be closed at noon on parade day at the following points: Coxe between Hilliard and Buxton; Collier between Banks and Buxton and Federal Alley. Drivers going to private parking lots which they are permitted to use along with local business owners, floats and residents will be allowed into the parade route until the parade begins. No cars will be permitted to leave until after the parade concludes, around 5 PM. All cars should be removed from road closure zone before noon on the day of the parade, or else they will not be able to leave until the parade’s conclusion.