Parade Instructions

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2023

– Parade registration is $25. (No fee for Sponsors!) After you * fill out the form here * you’ll be redirected to the payment page.

– OR you may mail the downloadable form with your payment to: Ghent Neighborhood Association, PO Box 72, New Bern, NC 28563 (with check payable to Ghent Neighborhood Association).

PLEASE NOTE: Absolutely NO same-day sign-ups and NO same-day payments. Thank you.

– Float/participant types include: floats, truck/trailer, antique cars or motorcycles, horses and riders, horse carriages, dancers, musicians, walking groups, hula hoopers, creative vehicles (tricycles, coolers, pedi-cabs, scooters, Segways), etc.

– Participants are strongly encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras and related costumes.

– We will ask you closer to the event the approximate length and width of your float for line-up and ease of flow for the parade, or the approximate number of people in your walking or car or horse group, etc.

– All floats MUST be decorated in Mardi Gras colors or decorations.

You’re encouraged to purchase Mardi Gras beads (“throws”) to toss to spectators. They go very quickly – get extras!! Seriously!! (Candy is fine, too, but not traditional for Mardi Gras, FYI.)

– Please keep your float and costume family friendly!

– Parade line-up begins at 2 pm.

Parade is at 3 pm.

PLEASE arrive for line-up no later than 2:30 pm so there is time to get checked in and lined up.

– All parade participants must pre-register and pre-pay by February 12. Again, NO same-day sign-ups and NO same-day payments.

Weather: This is an all-weather event, and there is no rain date. The New Bern Mardi Gras committee will address any serious weather concerns and will communicate any cancellation promptly.

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