Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom
1410 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97212
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 is no surprise given the event’s origins – produced since 2011 by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – a NOLA-style social club founded by ex-Louisiana residents and others that now counts more than 100 members in Portland. 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.
Because the Ball has sold out in advance the past several years, for 2017 the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus has moved the event from the Wonder Ballroom to an even larger space: downtown’s Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom (1410 SW Morrison St.), which has the added benefit of nearby MAX service. Revelers are definitely encouraged to buy tickets early!
Also this year, in keeping with the theme of “Fire on the Bayou” (based on the famous song by The Meters) online ticket purchasers may select an optional donation to the Wetlands Conservancy in Oregon and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program in Louisiana which each work to support vital wetlands restoration and preservation.
In addition to the Ball on February 18, Portlanders are invited to join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus on Fat Tuesday Evening – February 28th, 2017 – for the annual free, family-friendly Mardi Gras Day Parade down Mississippi Avenue.
Performers for the 2017 Portland Mardi Gras Ball include: the Northside Skull and Bones Gang; the Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band; BrassRoots Movement; and an All-Star Funk Revue featuring LaRhonda Steele, Karen Lovely, Christopher Worth, Michael Quinby, Dan Berkery, Chuk Barber, and Steve Kerin.