The Mardi Gras Parade is Sunday March 2nd and the weather is going to be perfect for the zany and hilarious party. The costumes and floats are always fantastically creative and with a theme of “Where the Wild Things Are” we are really looking forward to a great show!
What you may not realize is that the planning and celebratory events leading up to the grand parade and Queen’s Ball began many months ago. The Mardi Gras season was officially kicked off on 12th night, January 6th, 12 days after Christmas. On this magical evening the King and Queen of the 2014 Mardi Gras were crowned. Asheville’s own Short Street Cakes hands out slices of King Cake to all supporting members vying for a chance at Royalty. Whoever gets the slice with the Mardi Gras Baby in it gets to choose their “royal consort” and lead the parade. But long before that the fun began. Last Easter, March 31st, on the eve of April Fool’s Day, while last year’s parade was fresh in everyone’s mind, the volunteer members of Asheville Mardi Gras hosted the Fool’s Ball.
The theme was cross-dressing and it was free to 2013 Mardi Gras members. The next party was May 19th with the annual Mardi Gras Picnic. Then there was “a Mid-Summer’s Night Mardi Gras”, a 2 day party in Black Mountain at the Whitehorse and the Grey Eagle in Asheville presented by the Bayou Diesel Band. Finally on November 8th the Mardi Gras Theme Reveal Party was held and the Krewes knew what they had to do! After the official 12th night kickoff there was one more event before the Parade, the 6th Annual Cajun Cook Off on Feb. 9th with an art and oddities auction. You can see, membership in this group is a fun year round activity with three different levels of membership, Beads for a single membership, Doubloon level for up to 8 members and Golden Coconut, dubbed “The VIP shizzle” for up to 30 members.
The Parade starts a 3PM on Wall Street. The route takes a right on Battery Park, a left on Haywood to Page and back around to Battery Park. The Queen’s Ball takes place after the parade at Pack’s Tavern featuring Empire Strikes Brass.
Join the fun and get inspired to form your own Krewe for next year!
Check back for photos of this year’s parade in our photo gallery.