2018 Summer events with the Krewe

We’re participating in many Portland community events this spring and summer! Look for the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus at:

April 28th: 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade – The Krewe joins the parade for the first time and brings the Joie to 82nd Avenue!

May 12: Doggie Dash – Mysti Krewe of Barkus – All donations benefit the Oregon Humane Society

June 2nd: Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade Nightime parade of lights!

June 11th: NW Pride Parade – our second year of participating in Downtown Portland

2018 Mardi Gras Ball Details

Details for the 2018 Mardi Gras Ball:
8th Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball presented by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus
Saturday February 10th, 2018
at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom
1410 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
Theme: Rollin’ on the River!

Hours: 6:30pm to 11pm
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of show
21 and over only
No food provided with ticket this year (except of course for King Cake).
Food available for purchase a la carte.
Full Bar!
Costumes encouraged but not required

Shrug off those winter blues with an evening of live music, creative costumes, dancing, Mardi Gras Royalty, king cake, and, of course, a little lagniappe here and there.

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.

This year’s musical guests:
• Bridgetown Sextet
• BrassRoots Movement Brass Band
• Northwest Bone Gang
• Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band
• Karen Lovely Band

Please bring cash for drinks, and food. Instead of using plastic for food and drinks, we’re using a scrips system. You can buy scrips with a credit or debit card first, then use your scrip for purchases. We’ll also be collecting cash donations for the Good Werks Krewe recipients this year.

Why are Purple, Green and Gold so important?

Purple, Green and Gold: The Colors of Mardi Gras

One of the things that brings Mardi Gras to life are the colors associated with the celebration – purple, green and gold. It is thought that these colors were introduced by the Krewe of Rex in 1872. But it wasn’t until 20 years later that the meaning of the colors was revealed.

The theme of Rex’s parade of 1892 was “Symbolism of Colors”, which helped establish decorating the season with purple, green and gold. According to Krewe Rex, purple represented justice, green was symbolic of faith and gold represented power. It is said that Russia’s Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff suggested these colors while visiting Louisiana.

Today, everything from beads to King Cakes is decorated in the symbolic colors. They are so important to culture of Louisiana that both LSU and Tulane University have incorporated them into their team’s uniforms.


2018 Parade Details

Free, Family Friendly, Community Event! Join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus for the Mardi Gras Parade!

5:30: Parade line up at Victoria Bar (4835 N Albina Ave Portland, OR 97217)

6:00 kids costume contest – begin gathering at Luke’s Frame Shop (4703 N. ALBINA AVE http://www.lukesframeshop.com/)

6:00 Costume contest begins – aim to end by 6:45 or so.

7:00 PM – Parade starts from Victoria Bar, will stop at Luke’s Frame Shop to gather the costume contest folks

7:45: Parade ends at Cook St / Mississippi Ave near Ecliptic Brewing. Many venues will have food and drink specials all day and after the parade

The Costume Contest is judged by the current Mardi Gras King and Queen who will be crowned at the Mardi Gras Ball on February 10th, the Saturday before Mardi Gras. 2017’s Royalty were King Phil Garfinkel and Queen Margo Phillips.

We also hand decorate 100 mini-umbrellas to give away as Parade throws / souvenirs.

And we’ll have plenty of beads for all for you to keep!

Parade is family-friendly and open to all
You can parade with us, or watch from the sides, or both

We ask that participants line up behind the Parade Lead, Royalty, Krewe and Flambeau in the Second Line section.

All beads and mini-umbrellas in our wagons are for Krewe only to distribute to the crowd. Thanks for your enthusiasm!
and thanks to Victoria and Luke’s Frame Shop-Albina, and everyone on Mississippi Ave for your support!