It’s a wrap! 2023 Mardi Gras in Asbury Park!
We had a festive 2023 Mardi Gras weekend in Asbury Park on February 17th & 18th! Look at all the fun we had at the 7th annual event:
MASQUERADE BALL WITH THE VOODUDES:
We kicked things off on Friday night at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Our friends the VooDUDES were back to entertain us for the 7th year! In between sets, last year’s ruler Queen Nicole crowned her successor, Queen Laura. Our ruler will be assisted in her reign by Prince Buddy.
THE KING CAKE BABY HUNT:
Saturday was a busy day! Events started at noon with the King Cake Baby scavenger hunt. Our hunters visited 20 downtown businesses looking for the hanging King Cake Babies. Purple Glaze gave out delicious Mardi Gras donuts to our hungry hunters. After the hunt, our participants dressed up and took photos at our expanded selfie station. Eight lucky winners received wonderful prize packages from the merchants of Asbury Park.
MARDI PAWS PARADE:
The dogs were out on Cookman Avenue for the 3rd Mardi Paws Parade, run by Paws Pet Boutique. Shady Greyhound was the grand marshal, and was followed by a colorful group of pooches! All the dogs got treats from River Street Sweets, and the big winners received Paws prize packages. Congrats to our winners: Fritz and Otto, who shared the prize for large dogs, and Maisie who won for best dressed small dog.
MARDI GRAS HAPPY HOUR:
After all that, it was time to get a drink! Mardi Gras Happy Hour was back at Taka for the 4th year. Taka puts their own spin on oysters and poboys, and the sazeracs and hurricanes were a great way to finish out the afternoon.
If you can’t be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, there’s always big fun in Asbury Park.