Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Queen's Ball

This parade is a zany, exuberant and irreverent downtown event in the dead of winter. It's our 16th annual official parade and the theme is: Out Of This World! March participants are welcome to riff on this theme or go in a completely different direction because, after all, we're all about individuality! Krewes of friends, neighbors, and coworkers create high-quality, surprising and entertaining entries, add upbeat music, and strut their stuff tossing those ubiquitous beads to the crowd. This is a fun, safe event for all ages – with a definite emphasis on FUN! Parade participants will line up along Southside Ave. between 1 PM and 2 PM on parade day. The parade will then step off at its traditional time of 3:05 PM and officially begin when it hits the corner of Southside and Coxe Ave., looping up and around Buxton and Banks and returning back down Coxe Avenue to the starting point. Following the parade, AMG will host the Queen's Ball at the Funkatorium (147 Coxe Ave) from 6-10. The event will feature live music and a cash bar and is 100% FREE OF CHARGE!​

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