Asheville Mardi Gras, billed as “the city’s only seasonlong festival,” kicks off three months of events with a Twelfth Night party. That fête, held a dozen days after Christmas (hence the name), includes an appearance by Asheville’s Second Line, a New Orleans-style marching band. “This is the night that the King and Queen of Asheville Mardi Gras 2014 will be chosen by fate from the crowd and crowned to lead the parade,” says a press release. Short Street Cakes provides a King Cake — one lucky participant will find a toy baby in his or her slice. “Costumery and buffoonery are welcome but not required,” says the press release, and Mardi Gras newcomers can learn more about upcoming activities. The Twelfth Night party is held at Club Eleven on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. $10/free for AMG members with memberships available at the door. AshevilleMardiGras.org. Photo courtesy of Tamra Hawes
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