Win Tickets ($70): Portland 2016 Mardi Gras Ball @ Wonder Ballroom | Life is a Carnival! Produced by the Mysti Krewe, Costume Contest, King & Queen & more!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mardi Gras Ball @ Wonder Ballroom on February 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 5.


From our sponsors:
2016-Mardi-Gras-Ball-Carnival-Logo-800 (1)Portland Mardi Gras Ball
February 6, 2016
Doors 7:30 pm, Show 8 pm / $30 adv. / $35 door / 21+

Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

Life is a Carnival! 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 of Louisiana. And it’s no surprise given the event’s origins – produced since 2010 by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – a NOLA-style social club founded by Louisiana expatriates that now counts more than 100 members in Portland. This is no half-hearted plastic bead and powdered hurricane mix party, this is a critical mass of Louisiana revelry with full costume finery – the crazy, the macabre, the funny, the sexy, the rude – and high-spirited indulgence. Last year’s event at the Wonder Ballroom sold out weeks before the date so guests are highly encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

This year’s musical acts will include the Bridgetown Sextet; the Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band; and a PDX All-Star Tribute to the late, great Allen Toussaint featuring dozens of the PDX indie, Americana, folk, blues, and jazz artists who perform in the yearly critically-acclaimed Next Waltz concert.

There will be a costume contest with great prizes and the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen with free traditional king cake distributed to the crowd.

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74 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Portland 2016 Mardi Gras Ball @ Wonder Ballroom | Life is a Carnival! Produced by the Mysti Krewe, Costume Contest, King & Queen & more!

  1. t_smada February 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    I have friends coming down from Canada, and this would be a cool to show them this cool music venue and a flamboyant carnival festvcal! I met people advertised this last weekend all in crasy colorful costumes!

    • lisa February 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      I want my beads , or better yet I wanna party..

  2. Valerie Thompson February 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    I would love to win tickets!!! I am a Mardi Gras fool!!!! Love the whole party scene. I’ve never been to NOLA for Mardi Gras but it is on my bucket list. This would be just as good as the real thing!!!!!

  3. Howard February 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    Sounds exciting and hope I get to go.
    Have seen this posted in previous years but never had enough money to go. Hope I win tickets.

  4. William Longnecker February 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    An Alan Toussaint tribute? A big heaping helping of jazz? In the wonderous confines of the wonder ballroom???? Sign me up!!!

  5. AH February 2, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Music! Dancing! Costumes! Cake! What’s not to get excited about?

    *Fingers crossed for a pair of tix!*

  6. Janene Tamborello February 2, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    I have never been to the Portland Mardi Gras Ball and would be so excited to attend and laissez le bon temps roulez, Let the Good Times Roll. I would love to dress up and stomp my feet!

  7. Megan February 2, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    I’m from Louisiana and I always get this most homesick this time of year. I would love to go!

    • mjoe February 2, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      I have a great boss who is part of this event and I want to be a part of it! I can only go if I win :(

  8. J. Ariel Poulson February 2, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    I would love to go, mostly to have a piece of home this year! My family is originally from Louisiana, my husband is from from Portland and I was raised between both. In 2008 we relocated back to NOLA for almost 6 years, and moved back 18 months ago. This time of the year I get really homesick. so do my Cajun children. (We cant wait for the parade!) I love Mardi Gras more than Christmas. This ball would make my carnival season! And I’ll bring beads for everyone! oh Please! THROW ME SOMETHIN MISTER!!!!

  9. Lisa Weihe February 2, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    I would love to go to this! I am in need of a night out!

  10. Laura February 2, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Being born and raised in New Orleans, I thought every kid had a week off school for Mardi Gras. I thought all adults were allowed a season to celebrate that they were all just kids at heart.

    I miss how MG changes the pulse of the city, and how its people become submissive to the joy of a marching band pounding underneath their feet.

    I’ll always love New Orleans, but Portland has my heart for now. I’d love an opportunity to witness this marriage between my two favorite cities.

  11. Allie Callow February 2, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Love New Orleans. I grew up on the West Coast but my first words for water was Bayou. I have a deep connection to NOLA. Cant wait to attend and return to my second home. Building my costume now.

  12. Autumn Villar February 2, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    As a Louisiana expat, I like to find any excuse throw glitter and sequins all over my bod and dance like a dang ol’ crazy lady!
    ~*Mardi Gras*~… there is no better excuse for glitter-sequin-crazy dancing.

  13. Heather R February 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    I was in New Orleans last year for Mardi Gras and since I can’t get back there this year, this would be the awesome so i don’t have to miss all the fun! :)

  14. Claire February 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    Got my sequin snake gloves just waiting to come out of the closet for this!

  15. Kelly Frazier February 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    My roommate need something fun to look forward to!

  16. Scarlett February 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    I pray to the Mardi Gras gods to grant me these tickets! I just moved to Portland, but lived in NOLA for 7 years. I love and miss MG like powdered sugar on a beignet! Attending this event would be the icing on the homesick king cake. Please invite me to the party to laissez les bons temps rouler!

  17. Bret jarvis February 2, 2016 at 8:32 pm #


  18. jeff linsday February 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    This would be fun

  19. Melissa Fowler February 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    My guy and I would love to go

  20. Shawna Peterson February 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    This is on my 35th birthday!!! I’ve been trying to buy tickets because most of my friends got theirs already to celebrate with me but I can’t ever get the site to work. PLEASE LET ME CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY IN MARDI GRAS STYLE WITH MY FRIENDS!!! :)

  21. Allen February 3, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    I missed getting tickets and it is sold out. I have been to mardi gras three times and would love to see how oregon does it. I just need one ticket…..please please!!!!!!

  22. John Brown February 3, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    Ohh I have the perfect guy to take to on a date to this

  23. Katrina February 3, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    I’ve never gotten to celebrate Mardi Gras and this seems like a baller way to start.

  24. Christie February 3, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    I’m from the South and am missing home. This would be the perfect antidote to my homesickness! Thanks.

  25. Stacy Marie Jorge February 3, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    Never have we ever been to a ball. This would be epic but To whomever scores this have a great time :)

  26. Kayla Murphy February 3, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    HEY WENDY! Remember Crater Lake?!

    I am a New Orleans transplant with a mean bead throwin arm ;)

  27. MacKensie Cornelius February 3, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    We just moved here from New Orleans and are missing the carnival scene there. It would be fun to check this party out!

  28. Dee February 3, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    I lived in St. Louis, MO for seven years. St. Louis is the only city in the United States that has a Mardi Gras celebration that rivals that of New Orleans. That celebration is is complete with beads, music, dancing, food, and debauchery.What makes the St. Louis Mardi Gras stand out compared to the original NOLA version is the fact that St. Louisans do all of this in complete defiance of the bitter cold that grips St. Louis during February of each year. Patagonia jackets may get in the way of body baring, but nothing gets in the way of the unbridled joy that many midwesterners are about to feel.

    Seeing the St. Louis experience piqued my interest in how other cities across the country took the Mardi Gras tradition, embraced it, and made it their own. As a newly-minted Pacific Northwesterner and aspiring dapper dude, I know that attending Portland’s Mardi Gras will be not only a blast, but also an important step in cementing local tradition. Hopefully, that blast can handle the costumed aplomb that I’d bring to the table!

  29. Shawna Peterson February 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Please please please it’s my birthday that day!!! Thank you

  30. Alan Silver February 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    My guy and I are ready to break in the new (new) year with Mardi Gras revelry!

  31. JoVonne Mason February 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    My ex-husband is from Louisiana so needless to say it has been a few years since I’ve enjoyed a good Mardi Gras. I’m excited to see how Portland celebrates & would love to attend this Ball especially since there is an Allen Touissant tribute!!

  32. Molli Vandehey February 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    i want to go because i have never been to a mardi gras party

  33. jaredw February 3, 2016 at 10:42 pm #

    Mardi gras is great. I want to be all catholic this weekend.

  34. Erica Rosser February 4, 2016 at 4:02 am #

    Yes, please. This looks like a blast…and it’s sold out. :(

  35. Hannah K February 4, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    I would love to go :D

  36. Prathyushi Nangia February 4, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    My Husband and I were in NOLA this new years eve and we loved it. We visited the Mardi Gras World store. It was a fabulous experience. Getting to go for this event will complete our NOLA experience.

  37. Laurice February 4, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    I love Mardi Gras! Live for today, for tomorrow you may die!

  38. Shasha Andrews February 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Holy crap everybody wants to go to this! Why not? It looks DOPE!! This would be the only thing I’d be interested in this time around… Hope to see y’all there! Laissez le bon temps Roulez!!

  39. Kelcie Graham February 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m ready to come have a good time and meet new people! Tickets sold out so quick Hope to see you all there! Cheers!

  40. Brett N February 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    My girlfriend is from NOLA, would love to give her a taste of home.

  41. Don T February 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    les bon temps rouler

  42. Hilary Hanes February 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    This could be the party of the year! And anything Steve Kerin is a part of is bound to be fun, fun, fun!

  43. Lynn Elsdon February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    Hmm.m..m.m.m what shall I wear? Oh!!!! I’ve got just the thing! I would LOVE to go! :D

  44. Lucy February 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    I’ve never been to a Mardi Gras celebration, and I’d love to go.

  45. TDF February 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    Well, sadly, this is probably the closest I’ll ever get to Mardi Gras, so I must win these tickets; it sounds like a “Ball”!

  46. Ed February 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Would love to dust off my beads! Pick me!

  47. Scott Landia February 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Have beads, will party!

  48. DebB February 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    My family members want to go to the Mardi Gras Ball but can’t afford it. They are all in to experience a New Orleans flavored Mardi Gras. Please make it happen for them. Thanks!

  49. Kenny Poulson February 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    I was born and raised in Portland. This is and always will be my home. But I did spend 6 years in South Louisiana. I raised my kids there, learned a trade, and celebrated many Mardi Gras holiday events. Mardi Gras is by far the biggest thing I miss from living there (then, of corse, the food.) Some things can only be done in New Orleans and some of the surrounding cities, but it would make my year, my family’s year, to experience a Portland style Mardi Gras and remember how it felt to care about nothing in the world other than dressing like its Halloween, catching something awesome from somebody on a crazy cool float, and having the time of my life with my Northwest neighbors.

  50. Linda M. February 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    I have ALWAYS wanted to attend a Mardi Gras masquerade Ball. Prior to living in Portland, I never lived anywhere that celebrated Mardi Gras quite like other places. (like Portland!) I lived in rural settings in Montana and could only admire the festivites from afar. Would love to go to New Orleans someday. Planning to attend the parade on Fat Tuesday in the Mississippi district. Love costumes (and beads) and have mine ready just in case.

  51. Kathy L. Rankin February 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    I want to go and see Bridgetown Sextet; the Too Loose

    Cajun and Zydeco Band, dance, take photos and see all the

    outrageous costumes (guess who is in the costume).

    This is so cool! We can say we have our own Portland OR Mardi Gras.

    It’s as close to the “real thing” as you can get and not

    have to leave the city. Beads, spicy food, energetic audience, good music

    good times. I hope I win tickets.

  52. Muddy February 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    Nobody wants these tickets as much as we do. Thanks.

  53. James February 4, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    WOW, what a blast. Should be great. Thanks for the opportunity.

  54. Tom February 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    have my costume and am ready for a fun Mardi Gras party, just need the tickets!!! :)

  55. Barb February 4, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Friends are in town for the weekend and we want to show them a good time, Portland style!

  56. Brittanie February 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    Never been to a solid Mardi Gras party!

  57. Brenda February 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm #

    Well, I’ve never been to anything like this and it sounds AMAZING! Would love to bring my partner who works so hard and hardly plays. We sure could use something of a BLAST! Thank youuu.

  58. Kimberly February 4, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    Sounds amazing! Hope i’m lucky and get picked. Probably the closest i’m gonna get to Mardi Gras! I bet portland knows how to do it!

  59. Lou February 5, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    YES! Parti Gras!

  60. Scott Weber February 5, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    May the spirit of Carnival descend upon the realm and banish all that is dull. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let’s go!

  61. Wes February 5, 2016 at 1:14 am #

    Long live NOLA! The only way to party is NOLA style!

  62. Jess February 5, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    How did I not see this sooner? Wonder all it is!

  63. Laurice February 5, 2016 at 1:17 am #

    I wanna go!

  64. Jessie February 5, 2016 at 1:19 am #

    Oh man I miss New Orleans! Uptown parades were so awesome!

  65. Calli February 5, 2016 at 4:07 am #

    I’ve never really experienced Mardi Gras before. What better way than this?

  66. Muddy February 5, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Nobody wants to go to this more than we do!!!

  67. Michelle February 5, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    I’ve never been to this event and I don’t want to be left out since all my friends got their tickets!

  68. Jenn February 5, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Because MARDI GRAS!!

  69. Nasheena February 5, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    I would love to go to this fabulous event because I need a fabulous night out. Please pick me. Thanks PDX Pipeline, you’re the best!!

  70. Kimi February 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to Mardi Gras!

  71. Perry February 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    I just want to

  72. Ryan denning February 8, 2016 at 12:08 am #

    This would be cool

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