Time for the annual Asbury Park Mardi Gras celebration! This year we’ve got new activities: the King Cake Baby Hunt & the Mardi Paws Pet Parade. Plus our favorites, the Mardi Gras Happy Hour & the Masquerade Ball! Read on:
12 pm-5 pm King Cake Baby Hunt: start at Backward Glances, inside the Shoppes at the Arcade, 658 Cookman Ave., & get the locations of all the king cake babies. Visit the shops & find each baby. Each one is holding a secret word. Write all the words on your entry blank, then return to the start & get a mini king cake as a reward (while supplies last). Submit your list–we’ll be picking a a few random entries to win great prizes!
2 pm Mardi Paws Pet Parade: Dress your pet & join the parade! All registration proceeds go to Wag On inn Rescue. ($5 in advance (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mardi-paws-pet-parade-tickets-90897269179) $7 day of. Pets will line up at the Shoppes at the Arcade and then parade down Cookman Avenue, and return to be judged. Prizes will be awarded! Don’t have a pet? Come watch the parade, it’s going to be a blast!*
3 pm-7 pm Mardi Gras happy hour: at Taka, 660 Cookman Ave.:
featuring Mardi Gras inspired cocktails and festive food with a Japanese flair, available at the bar. Always a fun gathering before the ball.
5:30-10 pm Masquerade Ball: at the Saint, 601 Main Street. Starring the VooDUDES with special guest The Outcrops. We’ll be crowning the King and Queen of the Ball in our costume contest, to win wonderful prizes. $15 advance/$20 day of show. Advance tickets on sale at Backward Glances or the Saint (cash only) or charge them on Ticketweb.
So start working on those costumes–it’s time to party!
*(in case of inclement weather, pets will promenade & be judged inside the Shoppes at the Aracde)