Asheville Mardi Gras

Layne Pierce

 

An estimated 10,000 people lined up on the streets of Battery Park Avenue, Haywood Street and Page Avenue to get a glimpse of the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, Feb. 7th. The event included a wide barrage of costumes from Steampunk Skeletons to Samurai Werewolves.

“Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, will be this Tuesday. Due to traffic we need to have it on a Sunday,” said Rebecca Bagwell, who was leading the parade. “It was a little bit of a hassle, working around Superbowl Sunday, but we decided to work with it rather than change the date.”

The theme of this year’s Mardi Gras parade was Saints vs. Sinners, in hopes that the Saints would make the Super Bowl. Even though that did not happen, Pack’s Tavern still held a Super Bowl party where Mardi Gras parade and audience  members alike could sit down in costume and watch the game together.

The parade paid homage to both the Mardi Gras culture of New Orleans and the notoriously “weird” Asheville aesthetic by including local businesses and tourist attractions in the festivities.

 

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Certain individuals in the parade took on traditional voodoo garb to pay homage to New Orleans Mardi Gras.

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A man dressed as a clown talks with the Montford Players.

 

 

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Members of the parade dressed in elaborate traditional costumes threw plastic necklaces to excited audience members.

 

 

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A man dressed like the figure on his shirt poses for the camera.

 

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A man juggles pins on a unicycle as an impressed audience looks on.