Portland Mardi Gras Ball

Save the date!

2020 Portland Mardi Gras Ball takes place February 22, 2020 at the Wonder Ballroom

The Portland Mardi Gras Parade is on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, February 25th, 2020

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.

More news here!

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


Goode Werks Krewe and Donations

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus Lagniappe – Good Werks Krewe
“Lagniappe” means a little something extra. Thanks to the Goode Werks Krewe, we’re able to raise funds for two environmental non-profits – one in Oregon and one in Louisiana that have similar goals in their respective states.

2019’s Recipients focus on music education. We’re proud to support Ethos Music Center in Portland and Roots of Music in New Orleans!

Here’s how to contribute:

You can donate right now by clicking on this PayPal button:

  • Add in an additional amount when you buy your ticket to the Mardi Gras Ball
  • Donate cash at the Ball
  • Visit the Krewe at the Louisiana Pavillion at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival this summer in Portland

In 2018 we sponsored Crag Law Center which offers legal aid for environmental orgainzations in the Pacific Northwest, and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) which provides tools and services to individuals and communities facing environmental problems in Louisiana. We raised $1100 that was split between the two organizations.

In 2017 we were proud to support the Wetlands Conservancy in Portland, Oregon and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program in Thibodaux, Louisiana. We raised over a $1000 that was divided between the two organizations.

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus formed in 2010 to celebrate Louisiana Mardi Gras, and bring that spirit of joy to Portland. The Krewe is composed of both former Louisiana residents and many locals who love the food, music, and culture of Louisiana.

Besides the annual Ball, the Krewe hosts the Portland Mardi Gras Day Parade, a free community event on North Mississippi Avenue. During the Parade, hundreds of Portlanders revel in the streets with lighted costumes, marching music acts, a kid’s costume contest, and plenty of beads! The Mysti Krewe also decorates a limited number of mini umbrellas, which have become highly collectible “throws.”

Each year, the Krewe participates in many other events, including the Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Pride Parade, The Big Float, and Music on Main Street. The Mysti Krewe adds color and enthusiasm to any event it attends.

The Mysti Krewe has a charitable wing, “The Goode Werks Krewe.” Last year the Krewe raised money for two non-profit organizations with similar missions: the Wetlands Conservancy in Oregon and the BTNEP – the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Project in Houma, Louisiana. Both of these organizations work to preserve critical wetlands habitat.

The 2018 Mardi Gras Ball is February 10th at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom

  • Coming up in 2018:
    January 27th: Trolley Gras!
    February 10th: Eight Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball
    February 13th: Portland Mardi Gras Day Parade

2017 Highlights:

  • 2017 Trolley Gras and Winter Light Festival:
  • 2017 Mardi Gras Ball: Feb 18th 2017
  • 2017 Mardi Gras Day Parade: Feb 28th
  • BrassRoots Movement
  • Bloco Algeria
  • The Beat Goes On Marching Band
  • Kid’s Costume Contest
  • Afterparty at Ecliptic
  • 2017 OHS Doggie Dash May 13th 2017
  • 2017 Starlight Parade – Walking entry – June 4th 2017
  • 2017 NW Pride Parade June 13th 2017
  • 2017 Waterfront Blues Festival – Louisiana Pavilion June 30th through July 4th
  • 2017 Big Float July 14th
  • 2017 Music on Main with the BrassRoots Movement August 2nd
  • 2017 First Krewe Meeting for the 2018 Mardi Gras Ball
  • 2017 Wetland and Wellies Benefit for Wetland Conservancy Oct 8th


The source of the word Nimbus in Greek Mythology means a cloudy radiance said to surround a diety when on earth. We find this name particularly appropriate, since it also is a rain cloud — and we live in the rainy Northwest. We have even changed the traditional “Mystic” to “Mysti” to further reflect this rainy condition. Mardi Gras falls during the rainiest time of the year, but this gives us an opportunity to bring together family and friends and celebrate as if it were the middle of the summer. As we like to say, Laissez les bon temps rouler!