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Parade and Queen's Ball
Sunday, Feb 11, 2024

TIME: 3:05 Step Off
LOCATION: South Slope and The Funkatorium

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!


The Theme!

It's our 17th annual official parade and the theme is: Secret Garden! March participants are welcome to riff on this theme or go in a completely different direction because, after all, we're all about individuality!

Members March!

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

Click here to sign up as a new krewe.









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

2017 X

2018 AsheVillage People

2019 Wild, Wild Asheville

2020 Superstition

2021 Yardi Gras

2022 The Great Comeback Carnival

2023 Out Of This World


Special Thanks To Our Parade Supporters!

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