FAQ - costumes, lodging, travel, food

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Is there food at the Ball? What about bev­er­ages?
A light taste of Louisiana cuisine is includ­ed with your tick­et. This year we'll offer reg­u­lar or veg­e­tar­i­an gum­bo with rice and corn­bread, and of course King Cake! Additional food items are avail­able for pur­chase, in the range of $5-$8 each. There will like­ly be a cou­ple of spe­cial­ty drinks, avail­able for pur­chase as well as a full bar, beer, & wine. Cash is encour­aged to speed up trans­ac­tions, and credit/debit cards are accept­ed as well.

I don't know what to wear! What about a cos­tume?

Mardi Gras sea­son is real­ly a time for flashy and out­ra­geous cos­tumes. Often par­tic­i­pants design their cos­tumes accord­ing to the Mardi Gras Ball the­me. 2012's the­me was "They All Ask'd For You" - the Audubon Zoo song, lead­ing to many zoo ani­mal cos­tumes. Also see some pho­tos from the pre­vi­ous Mardi Gras balls on our Flickr page, and our Pinterest boards also.

Here are some local cos­tume resources:

  • Jane Clugston is the own­er of “The Belfry” Mask & Costume shop at 3153 SE Belmont, 503-953-3246. Open 11-6 Thursday thru Sunday. Belfry Masks is also on Etsy for an idea of selec­tions, or order away!
  • Gumbo Gifts and Gallery 3636 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon has fun fun fun masks, fas­ci­na­tors, feath­er head­pieces, gloves, hats, and all kinds of acces­sories to make your Mardi Gras spe­cial.
  • Helens Pacific Costumes on NE Glisan has a full range of gor­geous pro­fes­sion­al cos­tumes for rent.
  • Hollywood Vintage has cos­tumes for rent or sale. And a huge selec­tion of hats, jew­el­ry, and espe­cial­ly vin­tage wear for men!
  • Can't for­get Lippman Party Supply in inner SE for tiaras, shiny things, and tons of cos­tume pieces
  • And odd­ly enough even Dollar Tree is stock­ing beads, dubloons, and oth­er cheap Mardi Gras acces­sories!
  • This just in - Halloween Warehouse on Canyon Road Beaverton has masks, cos­tumes, and doo dahs - rec­om­mend­ed by Krewe mem­ber!
  • Top to Bottom has 2 loca­tions in Portland - one north, and one a 82nd and Foster. Great prices on cos­tume jew­el­ry, shiny club clothes, tiaras, rhine­stone masks, fun shoes, and inex­pen­sive sports­wear as well

Where can I park?
Street park­ing is avail­able around the Tiffany Center, and at park­ing garages down­town. The Ballrooom is 4 blocks from the near­est MAX stop.

Where can I stay near­by?
Hotel Deluxe has been a great Ball part­ner and is one block away. There are many hotels down­town min­utes away acces­si­ble by MAX or street­car!  Try this Google Search