Even though COVID has created some unique challenges for our traditional celebration, the 2021 Dash for the Beads has been modified to address safety concerns caused by the pandemic. The 5K will be a virtual race, where runners may choose to run their own route, or run the traditional Dash route through Kessler Park any time between February 1 and February 14, 2021. Their results will be posted on the Dash website. The Dash fun run parade-walk will be a live event and will lead this year’s Go Oak Cliff Mardi Gras parade on Sunday, February 14 (masks required). It will include a “social distance” costume contest where participants will wear their wackiest idea for a costume that keeps them socially distant from each other. Prizes for best costume will be awarded after the parade. Entry fees are $35 for the Fun Run parade-walk and costume contest, where all participants receive a t-shirt, a mask and racing bib. The 5K virtual run will be $40, where all participants get a t-shirt, a mask and a Dash commemorative medal.