Welcome to… Mardi Gras in Portland
So the Oscars have wrapped up and tomorrow is Mardi Gras, that’s right—Fat Tuesday! The other day of the year when Portlanders love to get their costume on! Even in the Pacific Northwest, we know how to rock the Shroves and the King Cakes. Here are 3 ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Portland this year:
Mardi Gras Parade
Join the throngs of resellers at the Mardi Gras Parade on Mississippi Avenue! Including the Northside Skull and Bone Gang, the 2017 King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball, and not one, not two, but THREE marching bands. The parade continues merrily on its way until it reaches the pinnacle afterparty at Ecliptic Brewing. Family friendly and costumes encouraged, Beads and mini-umbrella throws on the house. The parade starts at 7pm. (Or come early 6pm to check out the Costume Content for kids at Luke’s Frame Shop.)
Deets: Route: 9 blocks on Mississippi Avenue – Starting at Victoria Bar, heading south to end at Ecliptic Brewing, 825 North Cook; portlandmardigras.com
Clinton Street Theatre
Head over to the Clinton for two Mardi Gras-themed short films (it’s a thing? It’s a thing!)—only $5 a ticket! Legendary documentarist Les Blank’s Dry Wood (1973, Zydecos and more in the Louisiana Delta) and his equally festive Always for Pleasure (1978, musical events in New Orleans). Gumbo, Cornbread and King Cake available for purchase.
Deets: 7pm, 2522 SE Clinton St.; https://www.facebook.com/events/372031623156263/
Everyone’s favorite NE Cajun Creole small plate restaurant (what a zesty mouthful that is!) promises a lively two-day event (Mon/Tue) with all-day beads, king cake, and live music from 6 to 9. A ticket of $35 will get you dinner, beer and gratuity. Stuff your faces with so-called Phorritos (served Mondays) and crawfish étouffée nachos (whatever that is, it sounds delicious!). Extra points if you dress in ze MG colors: purple, green and gold.
Deets: 28 N.E. 28th Ave.; 503-232-6652; https://www.facebook.com/Tapalaya/