Portland Mardi Gras Ball

Save the date!

The next Mardi Gras ball is:


Join us again for the best Mardi Gras event in Portland Oregon! This year we’ll take over the Wonder Ballroom for a night of costumes, dancing and joie de vivre. Please join us!

Planning for the annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place all year long. Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – the Portland based New Orleans style Mardi Gras Krewe – pulls from member’s Louisiana and Gulf Coast heritage, and from locals bringing a taste of the Louisiana experience to the Pacific Northwest.

What to expect? One thing Portlanders enjoy is dressing up in costume and heading out for a night of revelry. Bring out your best over the top finery and participate in the Costume Contest. Watch the crowning of the new Mardi Gras King and Queen. And dance the night away to live Cajun and Zydeco music. Of course expect plenty of beads and King Cake.

Musical guest artists from the 2014 Ball:

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

A little Mardi Gras history:

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season in the Catholic calendar. So the idea of Carnival, which culminates with Mardi Gras, is to have as much fun as possible in the weeks preceding Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and reflection before Easter. This festival has its roots in various pagan celebrations of spring, some dating back 5,000 years. But it was Pope Gregory XIII who made it a Christian holiday in 1582. Guess the Pope liked to party. New Orleans and Louisiana have been celebrating Mardi Gras since the 1700s. Portland, it’s time to join the fun!