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.
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.