Win Tickets ($70): Portland Mardi Gras Ball @ Tiffany Center | “Tableaux on Pirates Alley,” Produced by the Mysti Krewe, Costume Contest, King & Queen & More!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Mardi Gras Ball @ Tiffany Center on March 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 1.


From our sponsors:
Portland Mardi Gras Ball
March 2, 2019
6:30 p.m. | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | 21+
More info:

Tiffany Center
1410 Southwest Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97205

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. Needless to say, costumes are highly encouraged – but not required – with prizes awarded to the best. A crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen will include free traditional king cake distributed to the crowd.

Each year the Krewe waits until January 6 – also known as Twelfth Night, the traditional start of the Carnival season in Louisiana – to announce the year’s theme. This year it will be “Tableaux on Pirates Alley”. The theme combines history of Court Tableau of traditional Louisiana Krewes, with the historic alleyway behind St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Tableau are a grouping of costumed individuals posed to depict a particular scene, such as parts of popular mythology, historical event, or famous painting. Traditional Louisiana Krewes stage tableau of their royalty and court to show their fabulous costumes and headdresses to the crowd of attendees at their annual formal Mardi Gras balls.

Pirates Alley today is an endlessly photographed pedestrian only street bordered by cast iron fencing, with cobblestone roadway, cafes, artists and entertainers. The street is home to the old Spanish Calabozo Prison where the notorious pirate Jean LaFitte and his brother Pierre were jailed in the early 1800’s.

Portlanders are also invited to join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus on Fat Tuesday Evening – March 5th, 2019 – for the annual free, family-friendly Mardi Gras Day Parade down Mississippi Avenue.

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60 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Portland Mardi Gras Ball @ Tiffany Center | “Tableaux on Pirates Alley,” Produced by the Mysti Krewe, Costume Contest, King & Queen & More!

  1. Debo February 19, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

    mardi on, fat tuesday fans!

    • Carole Whitmore February 27, 2019 at 1:44 am #

      Yeah you right ✨pick me ⚜️

      • Ariel Poulson February 28, 2019 at 11:23 am #

        Laissez le bon temps rouler!!!!

        • Anthony March 1, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

          I’m missing New Orleans and it would be great to be part of the costume contest! I could win!

      • Gracie February 28, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

        This year Mardi Gras PDX, next year Mardi Gras NOLA

  2. Lisa Cox February 23, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    oh yeah!! what a great event, I’ve never been and would love to dress up for this.

  3. Vicki February 23, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    I want to go please

  4. Jerome Chiong February 23, 2019 at 11:24 am #

    Sounds like a great time!

  5. Andrea W Stellar February 23, 2019 at 11:25 am #

    Letters of Marque – fun times

    • Molly Aleshire February 28, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

      I would love to go! It’s my birthday on March 2nd and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate

  6. Lisa February 23, 2019 at 11:29 am #

    I would love to bring my Southern bestie and dress-up with this fabulous crew!

  7. Andrea W Stellar February 23, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    Yo Ho Ho! Ahoy, Matey

  8. Melissa fowler February 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

    This would be fun

  9. Jeff linsday February 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    This would be cool

  10. Sonja Lofton February 23, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

    We just moved to Eugene from Nola and are so excited to find some natives of our hometown! Can’t wait to laizzes les le bon temps roulez!

  11. Cat February 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    I would love to go, and take a friend.

  12. Brian Straus February 23, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

    Me Me Me Me Me

  13. Cynthia White February 23, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    Geaux 2 de Mardi Gras !

  14. A.L. Briles February 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    Ready to rock Mardi Gras next weekend with the awesome Mysti Krewe of Nimbus! They are such a playful bunch!

  15. Mike Shkolnik February 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    I played a jester on Portlandia!

  16. Barbara February 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    Joie de Vivre! Pick me please!

  17. Kristina Pfenning February 24, 2019 at 7:17 am #

    I just came back from my first visit to New Orleans and am dreaming of going back already. Such a unique place with a unique spirit. I’d love to feel a bit of that in Portland <3

  18. Stephanie February 24, 2019 at 9:56 am #


  19. Cormac Burke February 24, 2019 at 10:31 am #

    Laissez les bons temps rouler

  20. Lisa February 24, 2019 at 11:47 am #

    I would love to attend this party with my daughter and celebrate Mardi Gras the way my Grand Pa did in NOLA. Bon Temps Hooray!

  21. Bonnie Davidoff February 25, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Our best friends live in New Orleans. This would be like celebrating with them in spirit :)

  22. Chris Webb February 25, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Really cool way to spend Mardi Gras!

  23. Heather February 25, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    Heck yeah this is an amazing event!

  24. Christina February 25, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  25. Tekela February 26, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    I was so sad to have missed this event last year!! I would love to make up for it by going ALL OUT in costume and revelry!

  26. Connie February 26, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    I have the perfect costume!

  27. Lea February 26, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

    I want to go to this.

  28. Megan February 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

    This sounds so fun!!

  29. Carmen February 26, 2019 at 5:22 pm #

    I would love to win tickets because it seems like it would be a lot of fun to be able to go especially for free

  30. Elena February 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

    Costumes, drinks and fun!! Excellent way to spend Mardi Gras!!!

  31. Cherrine February 27, 2019 at 12:38 am #

    I would love, love, love to win these tickets! We had friends that were going to a different MG event so we went all out, then our friends had to cancel and now they JUST canceled the event! Now we are Mardi Gras-less! Would love to come and experience your fantastic sounding event!

  32. Carole Whitmore February 27, 2019 at 1:46 am #

    Yeah you right ⚜️Pick me ✨

  33. Katelyn L Hays February 27, 2019 at 6:38 am #

    Sounds a treat!

  34. Ed February 27, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    Now this sounds like the way to celebrate! Would love to go!

  35. Shauntel February 27, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    Laissez les bons temps rouler! Just the kind of party this creole girl needs!

  36. Paula February 28, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    Oh yes!!! Can I win please? Just went bald with cancer. I need to get out and embrace my new look. :/

  37. Kalani February 28, 2019 at 8:51 am #

    Stumbled across last year’s Mardi Gras ball and had a great time for the last hour. Would love to actually make it for the whole Mardi Gras ball this year and reconnect with some of the really amazing people we met last year.

    • Trevor February 28, 2019 at 11:14 am #

      Jean Lafitte, Louis Armstrong, and Professor Longhair walk into a bar…

      • Trevor February 28, 2019 at 11:16 am #

        Please delete this one

  38. Kathie February 28, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    Best Mardi Gras party ever!

  39. Erin February 28, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    I’ve never managed to make it to this show because in the dredges of winter wading through a haze of vitamin D deficiency and too much sleep I forget its coming up and then don’t have the budget for it. Ready to shake a tail feather!

  40. Angela February 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

    I’ve never been to Mardi Gras.
    Beads and kisses for you if I win.
    Merci xox

  41. Kayla February 28, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

    I would love the opportunity to enjoy a date night with my man this weekend and to dress up and have fun in the city we love!!!

  42. AJ February 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

    I need a Mardi Gras education and this looks so fun!

  43. john a thomas February 28, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    sounds fun,lets do this

  44. Laura February 28, 2019 at 3:55 pm #

    This looks super cool!

  45. Rick Warren February 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

    LOVE costumes! LOVE Mardi Gras! LOVE pirates, but I’m not one of the Portland pirates, so I always feel a little intimidated about trying my hand at it – this would be a chance to do it!

  46. Melissa Robinson February 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    Oooooh! I would love to sport my feathers for this event!

  47. Robert February 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    I’ll be in Portland this weekend- what a treat this would be!

  48. Ron T. February 28, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

    Now, this is too much, to ask for, but I will anyway. Attending this would be finger lickin’, ah well, just down right good.

  49. Yu March 1, 2019 at 3:35 am #

    Every year I’ve always wanted to go this one! I’m so excited!

  50. Angee Silliman March 1, 2019 at 7:05 am #

    I would love to go! Would be my first time.

  51. cassi March 1, 2019 at 8:16 am #

    I’ve never done a Mardi Grasev event…this would be so fun!!

  52. Marcella.Castleman March 1, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

    Got my costume have my beads Waiting to party. Pick me Please

  53. Rossana March 1, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

    I am from Brazil and adore Carnaval. Never been to a Mardi Gras ball. Would like to go to check which is better !

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