Got the post-holiday blues? Not to worry: Asheville’s Mardi Gras parade, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, is just a little more than a month away, and in the meantime, there’s 12th Night.
This Sunday, Jan. 6, the Mystic Mountain Krewe — Asheville’s Mardi Gras parade organizers — will host a free 12th Night celebration beginning at Jack of the Wood pub and migrating, via a complimentary LaZoom Bus ride, to Scully’s, the Joli Rouge and the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Coxe Avebnue. If you show up at Jack of the Wood for a piece of king cake, you might just win the title of Mardi Gras King or Queen.
Nothing like festive costumes, cake, booze and a free whirl on a big purple bus to brighten the spririts. More information is in this week’s Smart Bets.
Sarah Widenhouse, who was director for the Asheville Holiday Parade, is also organizing the Feb. 5 event. Her husband, Jay Widenhouse, is a member of the Firecracker Jazz Band, which will perform in the parade. “This is going to be the first year we’ve had a permitted [Mardi Gras] parade in the street,” she tells Xpress.
The dress theme for the parade and the 12th Night event, Widenhouse adds, is “flash, class or trash.”
— Rebecca Bowe, contributing editor