The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus brings the traditional Louisiana Mardi Gras experience to Portland, Oregon. We give Louisiana expatriates an opportunity to celebrate Mardi Gras in a traditional manner, as well as to extend the tradition to local folks who have a Joie de Vivre and affinity for Louisiana culture.
This year's Mardi Gras Ball is February 18th at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom
- The Krewe has grown from 30 to more than 100 members.
- The 7th Annual Mardi Gras Ball will be held this year on Feb. 18 at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom at 14th and SW Morrison, which has a capacity of over 1,000 people! (Due to a scheduling snafu, we’re hosting the Ball a week early. The Mardi Gras Day Parade will still be on Fat Tuesday – February 28th, 2017!) This year’s Mardi Gras Ball theme will be announced early in 2017.
- We have rolled a float in the Starlight Parade for the last four years and won three awards.
- The Bite of Oregon hired us to do a Second Line parade through the festival.
- The Portland Marathon hired us to entertain/liven up the runners at this year’s race.
- We put on a family friendly parade on Mississippi Avenue on Mardi Gras night every year.
- We do a Second Line parade every year through the Waterfront Blues Festival main stage area.
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 roulez!