You don’t need to head to New Orleans or Rio to celebrate Carnival season; there are plenty of parties happening right here in the Portland area. Here are a handful to note:
Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents the Ninth Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball – the most authentic Fat Tuesday party in the Pacific Northwest. 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. Costumes encouraged but not required. The theme for this year’s Ball is: Tableaux on Pirates Alley!
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St. Saturday, March 2. 6:30 pm. Tickettomato.com $30.00 advance $35.00 at door
Rose City Kings Lundi Gras Celebration. Rose City Kings are well known for their exciting live performances and have released five critically acclaimed albums. Rose City Kings’ bluesy grooves will shake you to the bone, and the writing and performances will hit you right in the heart. Get ready for a foot stomping, hand clapping good time.
Lake Theater & Café, 106 N State St, Lake Oswego. Monday, March 4. 7:00 pm. $15.00 General Admission, $80.00 VIP Table (seats 4, located in lower section closest to stage) available at Laketheatercafe.com
The New Iberians’s 19th annual Fat Tuesday Party. Two great Louisiana bands, The New Iberians and Swamp Thang, plus a big bowl of Terry Anne’s famous gumbo, king cake, beads, masks and tons of fun.
Bare Bones Cafe & Bar, 2900 SE Belmont St. Tuesday, March 5. 8:00 pm. $10.00 at the door.
Portland’s Mardi Gras Day Parade 2019 hosted by Mysti Krewe of Nimbus. A free, family friendly, community event.
Mississippi Avenue, Tuesday, March 5, 6 PM
Mardi Gras Parade After-Party with the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus featuring Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Tuesday, March 5, 8:00 pm. Ticketfly.com $5.00 advance and day of show. 21 & over
Mardi Gras Party at the historic Crystal Ballroom presented by the producers of the Portland Erotic Ball will feature headliners Soul Vaccination, giveaways of thousands of Mardi Gras beads, burlesque, ariel performances, DJs and will be hosted by Emmy nominee Sasha Scarlett.
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside. March 5, 8:00 PM. $20.00 advance and $49.00 Early Bird VIP tickets (three sponsored drinks, early entry/no wait service, access to messanine level, VIP gift bag) are available at Etix.com. 21 & over.