When: Sat., March 1, 12-5 p.m. 2014
New Orleans gets a northern makeover at the 19th annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade. Vermont’s version of Fat Tuesday festivities draws thousands of revelers to downtown Burlington, where Church Street transforms into a family-friendly fête. Things kick off at noon with a boatload of beads, live tunes by Sambatacada! and interactive performances from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. The party continues at the King and Queen Costume Contest, where folks flaunt flashy threads. At 3 p.m., a procession of elaborate themed floats rolls down Main Street. These mobile works of art help support HOPE Works, a nonprofit devoted to ending sexual violence.