The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus Presents The 8th Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball.

Portland Mardi Gras BallMysti Krewe of Nimbus will present the 8th Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball — a costumed celebration of Louisiana Mardi Gras Culture and joie de vivre — on February 10 at the Tiffany Center’s Emerald Ballroom, 1410 SW Morrison St. Shrug off those winter blues with an evening of live music, creative costumes, dancing, Mardi Gras Royalty, king cake, and of course a little lagniappe here and there.

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus formed in 2010 to celebrate Louisiana Mardi Gras, and bring that spirit of joy to Portland. The Krewe is composed of both former Louisiana residents and many locals who love the food, music, and culture of Louisiana.

Musical performances this year will feature Bridgetown Sextet, BrassRoots Movement Brass Band, Northside Skull and Bone Gang, Too Loose Cajun Band, and Karen Lovely and her band.

Tickets for this event are available at Tickettomato.com for $25.00 advance and are also available for $30.00 day of show. 21 & over only. The celebration begins at  7:00 pm. No food provided with ticket this year (except of course for King Cake), but there will be food available for purchase a la carte and a full bar will be at hand. Costumes encouraged but not required

Besides the annual Ball, the Krewe hosts the Portland Mardi Gras Day Parade, a free community event on North Mississippi Avenue taking place on Fat Tuesday, February 13. During the Parade, hundreds of Portlanders revel in the streets with lighted costumes, marching music acts, a kid’s costume contest, and, of course, plenty of beads!  The Krewe also decorates a limited number of mini umbrellas, which have become highly collectible “throws.” Check www.PortlandMardiGras.com for details.