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!