Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday, March 5

It’s Fat Tuesday so there are Mardi Gras parades in Duendin and Ybor, and its free admission today at the Glazer Museum.
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times  (2018)
Sandy Shields of Belleair Bluffs gets a first look at her purchase, a traditional Mardi Gras mask created by Je Taime Masks, which she purchased during the 27th annual Dunedin Mardi Gras parade and celebration, one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the state.
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018) Sandy Shields of Belleair Bluffs gets a first look at her purchase, a traditional Mardi Gras mask created by Je Taime Masks, which she purchased during the 27th annual Dunedin Mardi Gras parade and celebration, one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the state.
Published March 4

Mardi Gras Parade and Festival: More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the 28th annual Mardi Gras celebration in downtown Dunedin, the largest Fat Tuesday event in the area. The party begins at 4 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the procession of floats begins in front of the Dunedin Stadium and runs along Douglas Avenue and ends near Skinner Boulevard. Food trucks and other vendors will line Main Street. Free for spectators; VIP $107 at liveeventsaccess.com.

James E. Rooster Parade and Fat Tuesday Bar Crawl: A New Orleans-style jazz memorial with a colorful procession of “mourners” will begin with a funeral wake to honor James E. Rooster at The Dirty Shame and will be followed by the Chicken Parade along Seventh Avenue with stops at Tequillas, The Big Easy and Bad Monkey. Costumes with a Mardi Gras or chicken theme are highly encouraged as well as an abundance of beads, flowers, and cowbells. 5:30 p.m. The Dirty Shame, 1929 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 247-7930. eventbrite.com

Florida Strawberry Festival: Celebrate your favorite fruit with exhibits, a midway and concerts today by the Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (3:30 p.m., $20) in the afternoon, then anthemic alt-Americana group Needtobreathe (7:30 p.m., $35). Opens at 10 a.m. Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. (813) 752-9194.

Real Music Real Masters Series: With performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the series brings country singer Lorrie Morgan through Saturday to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

Tamburitzans of Pittsburgh: A performance of international music, song and folk dance from Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, the Caribbean, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$35; seniors, students $25. (727) 822-3590.

SheBelieves Cup: One of a series of 10 pre-World Cup games for the U.S. women’s soccer team. In this games, the team competes against team Brazil. 8 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $30. (800) 745-3000.

Hundred Days: A heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $44 and up. (800) 955-1045.

Hamilton: Lin Manuel-Miranda’a groundbreaking Broadway musical runs through March 10. A digital lottery begins two days prior to each performance of tickets sold for $10 each. Visit hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center, Tampa. $86-$489; prices subject to change. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org

kids and family

Children’s Board Free Tuesday: The hands-on museum and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County join for this event offering free admission from noon to 6 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org

Tampa Bay Lightning V Winnipeg Jets: The Lightning host Winnipeg tonight. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa. $27.25. (813) 301-6500. amaliearena.com

to watch

SERIES PREMIERE MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, 8 p.m., Fox: In Gordon Ramsay’s new show, somewhat famous people engage in the ultimate “snack-down.” The roster of culinary competitors includes Trai Byers, Cheryl Hines, Anthony Anderson, Kal Penn, Jordana Brewster and more. best comedies returns for a 12-episode third season.

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