Portland Mardi Gras Ball feat. Charmaine Neville – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – February 14th, 2015

Portland Mardi Gras Ball feat. Charmaine Neville

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus Presents

Portland Mardi Gras Ball feat. Charmaine Neville

Saturday February 14

7:30 pm

$25.00 - $41.00

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Portland Mardi Gras Ball feat. Charmaine Neville
Portland Mardi Gras Ball feat. Charmaine Neville
Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents Voodoo Valentine - the Fifth Annual Portland Mardi Gras Ball at the Wonder Ballroom on Valentine's Day February 14th 2015. Doors open at 7:30.

• Charmaine Neville backed by Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection
• The Too Loose Zydeco Band
• Transcendental Brass Band
• Northside Skull and Bones Gang

• Light taste of Louisiana Cuisine included, with Louisiana-style you-peel shrimp available for an additional fee
• Plenty of traditional Louisiana King Cake
• Full bar

• Win a prize in our Costume Contest
• See the Crowning of the new 2015 King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball
• Plenty of beads

Portlanders enjoy dressing up in costume and heading out for a night of revelry, so let love shine through the thick grey clouds of a Portland winter! This year's Mardi Gras Ball falls on Valentine's Day – the perfect pairing of romance, mystery and joie de vivre!

Your ticket includes an taste of authentic Louisiana cuisine. This year’s menu is chicken and sausage gumbo, vegetarian red beans and rice, potato salad, corn bread, a salad bar, and King Cake. We also have a Lagniappe (“a little something extra”) ticket for an additional $10.95, which includes peel and eat Louisiana style boiled shrimp. Food for the ball is provided by Porter’s catering.

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus – the Portland-based New Orleans style Mardi Gras Krewe – pulls from members’ Louisiana and Gulf Coast heritage and from locals wanting to bring a taste of a fun Louisiana experience to the Pacific Northwest. Costumes for our ball are encouraged, but not required. This is a 21 and over event.

The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus brings Louisiana Mardi Gras culture and traditions to the Pacific Northwest through:
• Annual Mardi Gras Ball
• Mardi Gras Day Parade on Mississippi Ave (on February 17th 2015)
• Second Line Parades at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest and Bite of Oregon
• Our award-winning Rose Festival Starlight Parade float.

The ball is the brainchild of Steve and Jane-Clair Kerin, who moved from Louisiana to Portland. They hoped to see the kind of Fat Tuesday celebrations they were used to but all they found were drink specials in local bars. So, they gathered other Louisiana transplants and their friends, and launched the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus with the goal of bringing some Louisiana-style Carnival Mojo to the Rose City.

A little Mardi Gras history:
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season in the Catholic calendar. The idea of Carnival, which culminates with Mardi Gras, is to have as much fun as possible in the weeks preceding Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and reflection before Easter. This festival has its roots in various pagan celebrations of spring, some dating back 5,000 years. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII made it a Christian holiday; we guess the Pope liked to party. People in New Orleans and Louisiana have been celebrating Mardi Gras since the 1700s.

Portland, it’s time to join the fun!

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