A crowd of hundreds of New Orleans ex-pats and native and newbie Ashevilleans took to the streets yesterday in what may have been the most sizable Fat Tuesday celebration ever staged here.
Organized by the Mystic Mountain Krewe, the parade and after-party at Pritchard Park were replete with garishly dressed revelers, Mardi Gras beads and performances by the Firecracker Jazz Band and the Unifire dance group. The weather was unusually warm for early February, and the energy in the streets was palpable.
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— Jon Elliston, managing editor