PORTLAND -- While parade season ends with Mardi Gras in New Orleans Tuesday, a handful of events in Portland can help those looking for a taste of the southern carnival tradition.
Mardi Gras, or French for Fat Tuesday, marks a mostly Catholic tradition of indulgence before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, when 40 days of fasting, prayer and pendant behavior leads up to Easter. The tradition is strong in Latin American countries and persists in New Orleans due to the city's French origins.
In New Orleans carnival season begins on Feb. 15. and ends with Mardi Gras.
Locally, you can catch:
Mardi Gras parade on North Mississippi Ave.
Starts 6:30 p.m. with a parade from North Skidmore to North Fremont Streets.
More at MississippiAve.com
Mardi Gras with The New Iberianerians, DJ and Lloyd Jones Foundation
Louisianna music, food and entertainment including King cake, burlesque dancers and oyster bar.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., $20 at the door, $15 in advance.
More at Alberta Rose Theater
Photos: Mardi Gras ends on a wet note
March Fourth Marching Band at the Crystal Ballroom
Circus-punk marching band brings some music friends for its 11th annual event.
Doors open at 6 p.m. $15 day of show, $12 advance, kid friendly
More at Crystal Ballroom