Asheville Mardi Gras parade, ball and other events run Feb. 7-9


Here’s the press release:

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 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 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


Murphy January 21, 2013 - 2:18 pm

There is no mention of “the running of the winos” on the website …

Michael Parker, Grand Krewe Kaptain January 22, 2013 - 9:37 am

Via FB search, type “Running of the Winos” and the event page should be the result. I am still working the itinerary. Feel free to message me via FB as well.

Gwen Bradley February 8, 2013 - 9:50 am

I still have not seen any details on the Running of the Winos event tonight. We are from Franklin and would really like to attend, but dont want to drive over there and not know what time or where to go. Please get back to me ASAP


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