Portland Mardi Gras Ball

Portland Mardi Gras Parade is Tuesday, February 13th on Mississippi Avenue. More details


And thank you Portland for such an amazing 2018 Mardi Gras Ball!!!

Save the date! The 2018 Mardi Gras Ball is February 10th, 2018 - the Saturday before Mardi Gras! We'll be at the same place as the 2017 Ball - the beautiful Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom in downtown Portland.

The Mardi Gras Ball is an annual 21 and over costume party to celebrate Carnival in Portland! For those of us who can't make it to New Orleans, it's the next best thing! Live music, fun costumes, King Cake, Mardi Gras Royalty, costume contest, second line parading, and all manner of surprises await. Costumes encouraged but not required. Come join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus for a night of dancing and joie de vivre!

We also have a free, family-friendly Mardi Gras Day Parade on Tuesday, February 13th - the actual 2018 Mardi Gras Day!

The Portland Mardi Gras Ball is organized by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, a Louisiana style Mardi Gras Krewe. When it's not Carnival Season, you can catch the Krewe at the Starlight Parade and Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest. We also help organize a Mardi Gras Day Parade on Mississippi Avenue on Fat Tuesday.

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


Portland Mardi Gras Parade

Save the date for 2018's Mardi Gras Day Parade - February 13th!

2018 Parade Details HERE

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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