Asbury Park was certainly ready for a carnival Mardi Gras 2022 party!
Our 6th Asbury Park Mardi Gras was held on February 26. Our Mardi Gras celebrations started back in 2016, but we skipped last year. Everyone was ready for a party, so it was time for a carnival Mardi Gras 2022! Take a look at all the fun we had.
KING CAKE BABY HUNT:
The activities kicked off with the return of the King Cake Baby scavenger hunt at noon. Our hunters visited 19 of Asbury’s coolest businesses looking for the hidden babies. For their hard work, they received a Mardi Gras donut from Purple Glaze, and some other lagnaippes (that’s an extra treat) from the merchants. When the hunt was completed they could take a celebratory photo at our Mardi Gras selfie station. Eleven lucky hunters won prize packs donated by the local businesses, and one participant won a Mardi Gras-colored bicycle donated by Second Life Bikes!
MARDI PAWS PET PARADE:
The best dressed dogs around paraded down Cookman Avenue at 2:00, for the 2nd parade organized by Paws Pet Boutique. The parade was led by the king of the dogs, Scooby Doo, and one of our favorite shop-dogs, Shady the greyhound. The big winners were Billie for best-dressed large dog, Millie for best-dressed small dog, and Dozer for best over-all. The parade raised over $300 for Wag On Inn Rescue.
Watch the parade here!
MARDI GRAS HAPPY HOUR:
Taka presented another yummy happy hour with their own spin on New Orleans food and drink. We chowed down on shrimp poboys, andouille poboys, and oysters Rockefeller, and hurricane drink specials.
THE MASQUERADE BALL:
The night ended at the Saint, with our favorite NOLA inspired band, the VooDUDES. After two years of frustration, it was time to dance! Between sets, we crowned our ruler of Mardi Gras, Nicole of Asbury Park. She will be assisted in her royal duties by Lady Jennifer of Red Bank. We left the ball tired but happy.
Here’s a little bit of the party: “Ring of Fire” . Laissez le bon temps rouler!