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Get Your Jolly Jesters on at The Mardi Gras Galveston 5k

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“Mardi Gras! Galveston” Jolly Jesters 5K

Join the Jolly Jester 5K on February 23rd during the 108th celebration of “Mardi Gras! Galveston.” The race begins at 11am. On-site registration begins at 9:30am.

The Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K will start in the heart of “Mardi Gras! Galveston’s” Entertainment district under the famous Mardi Gras arch in Galveston Historical District on 24th St. and Mechanic. Runners and walkers will jaunt through the Entertainment District for an unforgettable 5K experience.

The first 500 gallopers will be given jester hats and a jester-themed running shirt to wear during this whimsical event. Beginning at 11am on the 7th, the Jolly Jester Jaunt starts your Saturday off right with the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely crawl through Downtown Galveston, to be followed (of course) by a day of celebratory libations.

You will receive with your registration a festival shirt, a Mardi Gras themed item, a free Bloody Mary after the 5K, and a free beer at the Runner’s Happy Hour Packet Pick up (Friday, February 23rd, 7pm, at Beerfoot Brewery), in addition to a ticket to “Mardi Gras! Galveston” for that day. There will be four parades and an awesome concert by Pat Green happening on this day. It’s guaranteed to be a great time.

For kids of all ages, the Jr. Jester Jaunt begins at 21st and Strand;  then participants can walk, run, or stroll their way through this non-competitive, non-timed event which is great for a day of fun with the family.

Tickets are:

  • 5K only: $35 until February 5th, $55 after
  • 5K with Half Day Balcony (1-4pm) ticket: $80

Crazy outfits and team uniforms are extremely encouraged. The more outrageous, the better! A trophy (and maybe even better, bragging rights) will be awarded to the most spirited participant, plus there will be a Tutu Contest! Every year an award is given to the best-dressed group, and this year Yaga’s wants to see your best tutus!!

For more info email sspak@yagaspresents.com, call (409)770-0999, or go to mardigrasgalveston.com. The run will take place rain or shine. In the case of extreme inclement weather, a new run date will be chosen.

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