2023 Mardi Gras in May 5K Tampa

6901 S. MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33611

Running > 5k

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Event Description

Mardi Gras in May 5K
benefiting Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of celebration.  Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season.  Mardi Gras, as a celebration of life, nearly always involves the use of masks and costumes by its participants.  In New Orleans, for example, these often take the shape of fairies, animals, people from myths, or various Medieval costumes, as well as clowns and Indians.  However, many costumes today are simply elaborate creations of colored feathers and capes.

The Mardi Gras in May 5K will practice many of the traditions with costumes, food, music, and atmosphere.  We encourage everyone to “dress the part” and engage in the spirit of the event.  We will hand out neck beads, mask, and lots of fun.  We will host a costume contest following the completion of the 5K.   This promises to be a fun, festive, and entertaining event.  The Mardi Gras in May 5K is the next best thing to being in New Orleans.  Don’t miss out on this fun event.  The 5K will be a chipped timed event.  Awards will be provided to the Top 3 overall and in each age group.

Event details and schedule

January 1, 2023 – March 31, 2023:  $35.00
April 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023:  $37.50
May 1, 2023 – May 20, 2023:  $39.50
May 21, 2023:  $45.00

The first 250 registered participants will receive a personalized race bib with RFID timing chip, dri-fit shirt, beautiful finisher medal, and personalized race completion certificate.  Sign up early, to secure your awesome race packet!



SUNDAY MAY 21, 2023
Gadsden Park
6910 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL   33611

6:45am  – Gadsden Park gates open
7:00am – Mardi Gras themed music begins
Vendors open
7:55am – Announcements and National Anthem
8:00am – Start Mardi Gras in May 5K
9:00am - Mardi Gras Dance Party with DJ Petey
9:15am – Mardi Gras in May 5K awards ceremony
9:30am - Mardi Gras in May costume contest
9:45am - Mardi Gras in May costume awards

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