Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mardi Gras celebrations in the PNW.
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If you can’t travel to New Orleans and celebrate Mardi Gras cajun style, you can celebrate it Cascadia style! Here are some Mardi Gras events in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle, Portland, Coeur d’Alene , BC and elsewhere. If you know of an additional Mardi Gras event you think should be included here, let me know or add it to our calendar.
This post includes information for 2019. I’ll likely update this post for 2020 in mid to late 2019 as I complete the winter calendar.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! The Mardi Gras catchphrase means, literally, “Let the Good Times Roll.” If you didn’t know, the proper response to this is, “Oui, cher.” With my poor French I self-translated this to “Yeah! Expensive!” but Google Translate tells me this means, “Yes, dear,” which sounds like the catchphrase of benighted husbands. I like the interpretation of this post better: “Yeah. You right.”
If you can’t get to the Big Easy and want to let the good times roll around the Emerald City or the Rose City, here are some places to do so. And most of them are not trés cher (very expensive). But get some Mardi Gras Swag before you head out. Yeah. You right.
If I picked one place in the PNW to celebrate Mardi Gras, it would be Portland. Why? The excellently named “Mysti Krewe of Nimbus” throws a couple of big Mardi Gras bashes every year and, if that’s not enough for you, there’s another big Fat Tuesday bash there to boot!
Portland Mardi Gras Ball
The Portland Mardi Gras Ball looks like the most authentic one in the PNW. It’s hosted by the Mysti Krewe on March 2 at 6:30 PM at Tiffany Center. This year’s theme is “Tableaux: Pirate’s Alley.” Aargh!
The Portland Mardi Gras Day Parade
The Portland Mardi Gras Day Parade is also organized by that Mysti Krewe and starts at 5:30 at Victoria Bar. It’s free, open to all ages, and includes a costume contest. It’s held on the actual Fat Tuesday, March 5.
Portland Mardi Gras Party at the Crystal Ballroom
One Mardi Gras ball isn’t enough for Portland! This party is happening on March 5 at 8:00 PM at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom. You can go to a ball on Saturday, a parade on Tuesday, and then another Mardi Gras Party on Tuesday night. And, hopefully, take Wednesday off.
Other Mardi Gras Events in Oregon:
Ewing Young Mardi Gras Masquerade Auction
Ewing Young is an elementary school in Newberg, OR. Their Mardi Gras fundraiser is on March 2 from 6-9 at Claygate Estate Vineyards. The promise of shopping and wine could prompt me to crash an elemetary school auction if I was in the area (and it’s for a good cause).
10 Falls Dinner Series Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil
If you want authentic cajun food, this event at Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center in Sublimity, OR (Love the name, I need to go there just to see if it’s actually sublime) is your event. March 3 from 5-8:30 PM.
Just a bit disappointed that I don’t see a “Krewe” in my home city. But I won’t complain because (and don’t ask) I’m not forming one. However, Seattle still has a number of live music (and other) events that can help you celebrate Mardi Gras.
The Great Royal Room Mardi Gras Celebration
What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with live Jazz. The Great Royal Room Mardi Gras Celebration happens on March 5 at 6:30 PM, but there are also weekend events on March 1 and 2.
“POly Gras Trois” Feat Polyrhythmics Show
…with the Chris Bullock Band. Try to say “Poly Gras Trois” (what does it mean, Fat Poly Three?) trois times fast. But don’t tell my French teacher, she’ll add it to our list of tongue twisters. This live music show is happening at the Nectar lounge on March 5 at 8:00 PM.
Other Mardi Gras Events in Washington State:
Sip and Cook Mardi Gras Style 2019
Renton, WA: If partying isn’t your thing, but food, cooking, and wine is, I’m with you (maybe except for the cooking part). Sip and Cook Mardi Gras Style is hosted by Sandy’s Food for the Soul on March 5 at 7:00 PM.
I only found a few events in Idaho:
The Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene Idaho has its very own Krewe who puts on this Mardi Gras event considrably before Mardi Gras. It’s on Feburary 16 from 5:30 to 10 PM at the CDA Resort Plaza Shops. It looks like a fun event
I’m sure there are many more events in BC, but I only found a couple during my research. If you know of more Mardi Gras events in BC that should be here you can add them to our calendar.