FAQ – costumes, lodging, travel, food

Is there food at the Ball? What about beverages?
Hold tight! This will be updated for 2020

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 ideas on our Pinterest boards, and SmugMug.

Some ideas: Purple, green and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras, Fleur-de-lis are the symbol of Louisiana and it’s historical ties to France. Folks go bawdy with fishnets, corsets and petticoats, or classical in Marie Antoinette wigs and gowns.

Take a look at costumes from  2019 for Tableaux on Pirate’s Alley.

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.
      • 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.
      • 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!
      • 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 Wonder Ballroom.

Where can I stay nearby?

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