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Portland Mardi Gras Ball

and it’s not even Mardi Gras yet!

Thanks go to everyone who made this year’s Ball so much fun! But the fun’s not over! There are still several events on Mardi Gras Day in Portland, including the Mississippi Avenue Parade Tuesday March 4th at 6:30pm (Facebook event invite here). The line up begins at Prost! 4237 N. Mississippi Ave (Mississippi and Skidmore). There will be music at Prost starting at 5:15, and the parade lines up at 6:15 for a march down to Fremont Avenue. Be sure to stop in Mississippi Pizza for awards and the Mardi Gras Party Band (featuring members of Too Loose Cajun Band) until 8:30.

Monday – Lundi Gras – Tapalya hosts a special Lundi Gras dinner – and will have special musical guests on Mardi Gras Day.

Join us and Laissez les bon temps roulez on March 1st, 2014 during the FOURTH annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball!

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The 2014 Theme is:

SAINTS AND SINNERS!

Now in its fourth year, the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents the annual Portland Oregon Mardi Gras Ball at the Bossanova Ballroom 722 East Burnside Portland, OR 97214

Start time: 7:00. Music starts at 7:30 pm

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.

CLick here to get tickets online!

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.

Who’s playing this year?

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!