Bele Chere is Asheville’s largest festival of the year. Folks from all over the nation and world come to AVL to celebrate. Music, Art, Food, Prizes and so much more! But there is always the side where people come to party a little beyond legal and get choked up in the system. Here are a few rules for you to follow while attending Bele Chere.
1. Don’t Smoke Weed at Bele Chere – Although Asheville is known as Weed City USA, Marijuana is still illegal and you can get a ticket or arrested for use and possession. I remember my younger days at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City, and people standing around the streets smoking weed in public, while Officers just walked by in respect for the day. Take Note: It is not like this at Bele Chere.
2. No Public Sex at Bele Chere – Yes, Bele Chere is a time of love and celebrations. But be sure that if you decide to have sex publicly on the City streets of Asheville, you will be ticketed or arrested. Parking decks seems like your next best option, but a room at a local hotel should be your top choice to keep it safe and legal.
3. Mushrooms are illegal at Bele Chere – A mushroom-swiss cheeseburger is the closest you should get to mushrooms at Bele Chere. Psilocybin Mushrooms are not a snack that you are allowed to carry around at Bele Chere. Do not get busted in downtown Asheville with this kind of mushroom.
4. Attacking Street Preachers is illegal at Bele Chere – No matter how confrontational some of the street preachers are, you are not allowed to attack them. This is considered Assault and the Asheville Police Department will arrest you. Listen in, yell and argue back, or join in with them; but do not hit them please.
Remember, if you break these rules, the officers will not be coming after you in uniform with their sirens blowing and lights glaring. A hippie, thug or hipster will most likely handcuff you and ruin your Bele Chere celebration. Don’t let this happen to you. Have fun and be safe.