Portland Mardi Gras Ball

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The 10th Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball will be February 15th, 2020

2020 Mardi Gras is February 25th

The 2019 Theme was: Tableaux on Pirates Alley

Our 2019 theme draws on the mystery and beauty of Pirates Alley, as well as the tradition of Royal Tableau at Krewe Balls in New Orleans.

The Ball is an annual event created by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – Portland’s Louisiana style Mardi Gras Krewe. Our goal is to bring Louisiana Mardi Gras culture to the Pacific Northwest with an authentic Ball, and a free community Mardi Gras Day Parade!

During the rest of the year the Krewe participates in many community parades, events, and fundraisers. Each year we also raise money for twin non-profit organizations with the the Good Werks Krewe.

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Any questions? Take a look at this 2 min. video!


Portland Mardi Gras Parade

Save the date for 2019’s Mardi Gras Day Parade – March 5!

Each year the Krewe hosts a Mardi Gras parade for everyone on Mississippi Avenue. This free family friendly event invites all to dress up and come dance in the streets! Krewe members decorate signature mini-umbrella ‘throws’ to hand out to lucky participants.

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Fat Tuesday Traditions


Mysti Krewe of Nimbus incorporates as many Mardi Gras traditions as possible in the Portland Mardi Gras Ball. If you’ve ever wondered why there is a baby in the king cake, or even WHAT IS a king cake, we’ll try to explain!


1. What *is* Mardi Gras and why celebrate it?

    • Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lenten season, where traditionally people are asked to give up something for 40 days. Mardi Gras is the last big hurrah before Lent. It’s also the American version of Carnival. Nearly every country has some sort of Carnival celebration around this time of year.


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