The Historic Ghent Community and friends present New Bern’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras Saturday, March 2, 2019 This year will be our biggest, best, and most festive Mardi Gras yet—we’re planning to celebrate BIG in 2019—more vendors, more music, more floats, and more fun than ever before! Festivities will begin at 11 am and wrap up at 6 pm, with the parade at 3 pm. This year’s parade route will be from Spencer Avenue and 8th Street to Spencer Avenue and 2nd Street and will feature floats galore, antique cars, costumed krewes (groups and clubs), musicians and dancers, throws (Mardi Gras beads!), the New Bern Trolley, and of course, the Mardi Gras king and queen and their royal court. Festivities will take place before, during, and after the parade on Spencer Avenue between 2nd Street and 5th Street. Festivities to include vendors, artists, musicians, New Bern’s own Jonkonnu and other street performers, and food trucks.