Mardi Pardi a big ‘pardi time’ in the Bay
Feb 15, 2013, 17:19
Runners and revelers ran and second-lined through the streets of Bay St. Louis under blue skies for the 3rd annual Mardi Pardi 5k / 10k Run last Saturday. The race had approximately 400 registrants from as far away as Alaska, California and North Carolina and friends and family to cheer them on.
More than a race, the event was a Mardi Gras weekend party with bands and second line dancing in the streets.
The Silver Slipper served up jambalaya, while Serious Bread offered some serious scones. New Orleans brass-rockers Jeremy “Mojo” Phipps and Minutehead opened for the Irene Sage Band on Saturday after the run. New Orleans' own Dancing Man 504 led the second line.
“This is my first 5K run, and it's going to be so much fun. I love the Mardi Gras theme.” said Erica Swatzyna, from Memphis, Tennessee, who drove down with her friend Amy Bryant, from Jackson, Mississippi.
Memphis-based folk-rock trio Star and Micey played Friday evening for the registration party, and, inspired by one of the band's music videos, Bay High School's art club painted hand prints on willing participants' faces. Bear, the Gentlemen opened.
All events took place at the Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St. Louis, and proceeds from the race benefited Recycle Hancock, a school recycling program sponsored by Live Oak Alliance Mississippi.
“This event supports a very good green cause,” said Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame, who gave out the awards to the runners.
“We're also glad you're here to enjoy our beautiful town and great community spirit.”
The 2013 Mardi Pardi 5k and 10K Run weekend was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Mississippi, Silver Slipper, Fox 25 & NBC 25, Cathead Vodka, Holiday Inn Long Beach, David Baria State Representative, Southern Graphics, Serious Bread, Rainbow Water, Coast Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Mockingbird Cafe and AdLib Communications.