10th Annual Mardi Gras Ball to be a Magical Mystery celebration!
The gloomy days of winter will once again be banished for one glorious night when Portland’s only Mardi Gras krewe and social club, the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, hosts its 10th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BALL. This lively, spirited and authentic Mardi Gras celebration will be held Saturday, February 22, at the Wonder Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Magical Mystery Krewe.”
Who will flaunt their costumes and dance across the stage for the costume contest? Who will be the Ball’s new King and Queen? There will be a full bar, king cake, beads and throws, and all manner of lagniappe (that little something extra!). Costumes are encouraged, though not required, and prizes will be awarded.
Performers include Lucky Beaucoup, Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band, Northwest Bone Gang, and the Magical Mystery Revue Band.
Portland’s annual Mardi Gras Ball has been listed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as one of the Top-5 most authentic Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States outside Louisiana. It’s a joyous mass of festive revelry and full costume finery – crazy, macabre, funny, groovy, psychedelic, beautiful… In short, it’s a magical extravaganza.
A portion of ticket sales benefit two similiar non-profits in Louisiana and Oregon.
Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday parade: In addition to the Ball, Portlanders are also invited to join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus on Fat Tuesday, February 25th, for the annual free, family-friendly Mardi Gras parade down Mississippi Avenue.
Mardi Gras Ball
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St.
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: $30 advance, $35 door Ages 21+
The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus is a Portland social club of 100+ Louisiana culture lovers who understand “what it means to miss New Orleans” as Louis Armstrong sang. Starting from a simple desire to create an authentic Mardi Gras experience, the Krewe has grown to become a public presence in Portland. The Krewe manages the Louisiana Pavilion at the Waterfront Blues Festival, marches in the Starlight Parade, leads floaters to the river in The Big Float, and hosts the annual Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday parade on Mississippi Avenue.
In addition the Goode Werks Krewe raises money for dual non-profits each year – one in Portland, and a similar one in Louisiana – involved in such causes as wetland restoration, environmental advocacy, and music education