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!

“The Goode Werks Krewe”

The Krewe’s charitable wing, “The Goode Werks Krewe” raises funds for non-profits in Oregon and Louisiana with similar missions.

This year donations will be split between the Crag Law Center in Portland (http://crag.org/) that provides free/low cost legal aid for environmental organizations, and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (https://leanweb.org/) providing education, empowerment, advocacy, and support for community groups tackling environmental issues. You can add on a donation with your ticket purchase, or donate at the Ball.

Last year the Krewe raised money for two non-profit organizations with similar missions: the Wetlands Conservancy in Oregon (http://wetlandsconservancy.org/) and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana (https://btnep.org/). Both of these organizations work to preserve critical wetlands habitat.

Tickets now on sale

Tickets are available now at TicketTomato.com!

Thanks to our great attendees we’ve been selling out for the past two years – so don’t hesitate to get your tickets soon!

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

Hours: 7pm to 11pm
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of
21 and over only
No food provided with ticket this year (except of course for King Cake). Different food items will be available for purchase a la carte.
Full Bar!
Click Here for tickets!

2018 Mardi Gras Season!

Important dates for Portland Mardi Gras!
Important dates for Portland Mardi Gras!

Save the date! The 2018 Mardi Gras Ball is February 10th, 2018 at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom – same location as last year. The Mardi Gras Day parade is scheduled for February 13th – Mardi Gras Day!

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – Our first meeting to get the 2018 Season rolling!