Gather your krewes, dig out those costumes, warm up your dancing shoes, because on Sunday February 10th we’ll be dancing in the streets of Asheville! All are welcome to join in, or just come gander at the 2013 Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Ball. This year’s parade will be led by our new Mardi Gras King Matt Intrnet Evanoff and Queen Sheila Ann Thibodeaux!
The Parade will step off from Wall Street on Bacchus Sunday, February 10th at 3:05 p.m. rain or shine. We will be parading this year on the same route that we took last year, which will take us up Haywood, turning at the Civic Center and making our way back in front of the Grove Arcade on Paige Ave.
Immediately following the parade, everyone is invited to the 6th annual Queen’s Ball, featuring live performances by Asheville’s only only working cajun/zydeco/Louisiana style dance band “Bayou Diesel”, drum and dance troop “Zabumba!”, our very own Mardi Gras marching band “Asheville Second Line”, and the talented dance troop from the Urban Arts Institute “Eternity.” The ball takes place at Pack’s Tavern’s Century Room located above Packs Tavern. Both Parade and Ball are always free, family friendly and open to the public. This year’s theme is “French Broads and Odd Fellows.”
· Thursday, February 7th: LaZoom Mardi Gras Style Tours with David Earle and the PlowShares, two runs 6 and . Please go to www.lazoomtours.com to get your tickets.
· Friday, February 8th: Running of the Winos (Asheville Mardi Gras annual traditions of “wine hopping” downtown to spread the Asheville Mardi Gras spirit! Go to www.ashevillemardigras.org for more details
Saturday, February 9th:
Zapow – Steamboat Punk Carnival Show from 7-9 with music by The Extraordinary Contraptions
Scandal’s Night Club-Krewe Party/ Drag Show Party
Toy Boat – Seduction Side Show with After Party to Follow
Olive or Twist – Zydeco Dancing
Bacchus Sunday, February, 10th: Parade at 3:05 p.m. rain or shine, full street closure.
· Line-up: 2 p.m. at the West end of Wall Street
Queen’s Ball: Immediately following the Parade at Pack’s Tavern’s Century Room, Free and open to the public
· Music: Bayou Diesel
· More information at www.ashevillemardigras.org