celebrating inclusivity and diversity of our city.
The Blue Ridge Pride Krewe will celebrate 10 years of participation in the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade again this year.
Come, don your gayest or most festive attire and join Blue Ridge PRIDE as they march in the parade or line the streets and cheer everyone on.
Line up to march with Blue Ridge Pride will be at 2:30 pm on
Federal Alley. (See map pdf above) There will be, lots of flags, banners and plenty of throw beads for all marchers
This year the Parade has moved to a new route celebrating the growth of The South Slope. This is the lower South side of downtown flanked by McCormick Field Ball Park and Biltmore avenue on one side and Coxe Avenue on the other filled with new restaurants, pubs and micro-breweries throughout the area.
Participation and History
There are 17 Krewes with entries plus marching bands. The parade has grown over the past 10 years from an initial Pub Crawl in 2007 to the beginning parade in 2008. Over the last few years as many as 10,000 people lined the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras Asheville style and this year looks to be the biggest yet.
There will be lots of viewing points Beginning with Federal Alley
and Hilliard Avenue then along Coxe Avenue, Banks Avenue,
Church Street and Buxton Avenue.
For complete map and route see below
Plenty of parking will be availablearound South Slope and McCormick Field has opened it's gravel lot for
Parade Time: The Asheville Mardi Gras Parade will kick off
exactly at 3:05 PM Sharp. Sunday, February 11.
After the Parade, Let the Festivities Continue with the Queen's Ball at Scandals Club both floors on Grove Street Here is your chance to mix and mingle with the many costumed participants in the parade, party and dance
Music will be provided by Bayou Diesel and The Ryan Barber Band
Everyone is invited and IT IS FREE! (there will be a cash bar)