How to celebrate Mardi Gras in Asheville: Pre-parties, parades and more


Here’s a quick primer on how to celebrate Mardi Gras in Asheville this weekend.

The Mardi Gras parade is Sunday. Here are photos from last year. There’s a pre-party at ZaPow with facepainting.

Loyal reader Kelly Denson reports that Isa’s Bistro is “contributing to the party with beads, New Orleans inspired lunch specials, hurricanes and as every Sunday: $3 mimosa and Bloody Marys.”

Don’t forget that you can get whole King Cakes at Short Street and City Bakery.

What else?

Thanks to Jennifer Saylor for the advice on how to celebrate.



Jennifer Saylor March 2, 2014 - 9:10 am

Asheville Face & Body Art will be at Zapow on Battery Park 12:30-3pm before the parade to provide face painting and body art. They do great work.

The parade is at 3 p.m. and the lineup (parade start) is at Wall Street.

Parade route here:

This year’s lineup:
•AMG Banner Krewe featuring Shannon and Ben!
•Throughout the parade: Tagalongs, independents, undecided, and Sandy and her fellow streetwalkers, the Krewe du Rue (aka Krewe Rue the Day)
•Asheville Second Line (damn good music) (not behind vehicle)
•Les Pomme Pommes (behind 2nd Line)
•Blue Ridge Roller Girls (together with Mad Divas)
•Mad Divas Jr Roller Derby Team
•Plain White Keys Krewe = Off the Wagon’s Kreweling Piano (Music, float)
•Rainbow Mountain School (kids!)
•RaGTaG baBy Draggin Krewe (kids!)
•Krewe of Deux
•Jesus People Asheville (together with BRP)
•Blue Ridge Pride
•Krewe of Ewww (float)
•Oskar Blues’ Brewe Krewe (vehicle, maybe float)
•Imaginary Friends
•Pink Ladies (flair, élan)
•Court of the Red Plume (elegance, panache)
c/o The Gypsy Krewe (music)
•The French Broads Dance Team
•Krewe Bayou (truck pulling canoe)
•Scandals Rainbow Krewe
•Wild Bird Krewe
•Wicked Geishas (music, together with F&B)
•Fox and Beggar: Animalia
•Asheville Medieval Collective (fun and games until someone loses an eye)
•Krewe of Bastet
•Royal Roofers (vehicle)
•Krewe du Ville (maybe)
•Ian’s yet-to-be named krewe
•Double Crown
•Love Bus
•Krewe de la Morte

The Queen’s Ball is 5-10 at Pack’s Tavern.

The afterparty is at 10 p.m. at Asheville Music Hall.

A March 1, 2014 - 11:03 pm

“Mardi” is the correct spelling in Mardi Gras.

Henry Parsons March 1, 2014 - 2:50 pm

The Village Wayside Bar and Grille will be celebrating Fat Tuesday on March the 4th with homemade Perogies and Paczki (punchkees). We are big fans of Mardi Gras and this has been our yearly tradition since we opened in 2009. Come on down to historic Biltmore village and celebrate with us.

Carole Miller February 28, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Readers can also get a king cake from True Confections.

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