Smart Bets: Asheville Mardi Gras

Join in or just gander, says press for the 2013 Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Ball. Festivities for the local Mardi Gras weekend kick off on Thursday, Feb. 7 with tours (featuring David Earle and the Plowshares) on the LaZoom Bus. On Friday, Feb. 8 it's the Running of the Winos bar hop, and on Saturday, Feb. 9 there are evening events at Studio ZaPow! (Steamboat Punk Carnival Show), Scandals (Krewe Party and drag show), Toy Boat (Seduction Side Show) and Olive or Twist (zydeco dance). The pièce de résistance is the Sunday, Feb. 10 parade through downtown Asheville, beginning at 3:05 p.m. The Queen's Ball follows immediately after at Pack's Tavern. Bayou Diesel performs. More info at


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