The Blue Ridge Pride and O.Henry's have teamed up to create
The Rainbows Gone Wild Krewe
Come, don your gayest or most festive attire and join the new Krewe as they march in the parade celebrating our diversity. Remember, the parade is kid friendly, so dress appropriately.
Here are the particulars for joining the Rainbows Gone Wild Krewe:
12 pm: Gather at O.Henry's to decorate Blue Ridge Pride truck and get in the marching mood. We'll have beads, beads and more beads. Flags and more. And O.Henry's bar will also be open for service.
1:45 pm: Load the truck up with some of our beautiful O.Henry's gals. All Krewe members leave to line up for parade.
3:05 pm: Parade begins at South Slope. See above for route.
This year the Parade is back on their 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, floats 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, March 3
After the Parade, Let the Festivities Continue with:
The Queen's Ballreturning to Century Room above Pack's Tavern (20 S Spruce St, Asheville, NC 28801) from 5-10 PM This is Free to the public with a cash bar.
O.Henry's Gumbo Pot Luck and Rainbows Gone Wild Krewe Party
Everyone is invited to O.Henry's First Sunday Pot Luck for some Gumbo, red beans and rice and your favorite dish to share. Beginning at 5:30 PM. After dinner a special Mardi Gras party continues with DJ music from 6-10 and a celebration drag show beginning at 7:00 PM.