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Portland Mardis Gras Events

Portland Mardis Gras Events.  Fat Tuesday is coming up fast and we want to help you make it awesome!  In our Mardis Gras events and ideas list, you'll learn about Mardis Gras history, where to find the best sweets and eats and of course, find out what is happening where.

Portland Mardis Gras Events - Just a little history

Mardis Gras begins on or after Epiphany and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is feast before famine if one considers the upcoming Lent in the Catholic faith. Mardis Gras is French influenced and known for food and drink indulgences, costume creativity and revelry in human happiness and celebration. Our Mardis Gras events include: parades, sports challenges, fireworks displays, song and dance shows, pageants, magic, juggling productions, food feasts, street fairs and more.

The Mardis Gras celebration is fast becoming one of the premiere event hosting hot spots for this age old French infused religious tradition. As an exciting and cutting edge city, Portland really knows how to bring value to its visitors and residents while raising the standards of fun and joy to whole new levels. This is clearly evident throughout its numerous Portland Mardi Gras events. In this article we will go over many of the best Portland Mardi Gras events and avenues this Northwest city has to offer and a few Portland, Oregon tips and tricks to make your experience living it up through “Fat Tuesday” --a nickname for the most prominent day during Mardi Gras festival season-- the best it can be.

Portland Mardis Gras Events - Indulge in Sweets!

Since Mardi Gras is often one last food binge before Lent --the (gasp!) 40-day period of fasting leading up to Easter-- dining and drinking is a large part of the festivities and Portland surely does not fail to deliver. One of the most famous desserts of Mardi Gras is the King Cake which is a cinnamon-roll like cake smothered in decorative sugary icing and sparkly sprinkles. Some of the best local bakeries to find this colorful cake in Portland are:

La Petite Provence

St Honore Boulangerie Bakery

Portland French Bakery

Lanvin French Bakery 8211 NE Brazee St # B Portland, OR 97220-5394 - (503) 252-0155

Ken's Artisan Bakery

Portland Mardis Gras Events - Wine and Dine

Somehow, even those of us who didn't grow up in the south associate southern food with comfort. Well, even nestled far up in the Pacific Northwest, you'll find Portland has her fair share of really good- and some super legit- Cajun and Creole restaurants. The Screen Door, for example, is run by a handful of New Orleans folks who were displaced by the Katrina disaster. They have repeatedly been written up as some of the best southern food in the city and for good reason- its amazing. The Best Cajun/Creole and Southern Portland restaurants are:

The Screen Door

Russell Street BBQ

My Brother’s Crawfish

EaT: An Oyster Bar

Le Bistro Montage



Podnah's Pit

Norma's Kitchen



Portland Mardis Gras Events - Get out and have some fun!

Once named the 10th Best Big City Arts Destination by American Style magazine, Portland has all the flair needed to handle Mardi Gras and “Fat Tuesday” in style. Get out, get ready and make this year's Portland Mardi Gras the best and most memorable ever!

We will be adding Portland Mardis Gras events for 2011 here as they become available. Bookmark or RSS this page and check back frequently!

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!

Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents the Portland Mardi Gras Ball!

The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents Portland's First Annual Mardi Gras Ball. Taking the Louisiana State Song, "You Are My Sunshine" as its theme, the Ball will feature the musical stylings of Steve Kerin and Atomic Gumbo plus the Too Loose Cajun Band with New Orleans own Reggie Houston.

Zydeco and Cajun dance lessons for everyone. Authentic Louisiana catering is provided as well. Costumes, masks, parade, souvenir medallion, King Cake, and the crowning of a Mardi Gras King and Queen will round out the festivities.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Avenue in Portland, Or.
Limited Tickets available for $25
Age 21 + cash bar
Website and tickets

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