When: Sat., March 5, 3 p.m. 2016
Burlington brings the heat to a winter afternoon with the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade. Now in its 21st year, this Big Easy-style bash draws thousands to the Queen City’s downtown area for a day of bead-and-beer-fueled fun. Festivities commence on Church Street with lively entertainment by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and the Sambatucada! drum ensemble. A fun run, a costume contest and musical performances prime partygoers for the main event: the Grand Parade, during which dozens of themed floats make their way down Main Street. A boot-stomping concert by country rockers Waylon Speed in City Hall Park rounds out the revelry. Proceeds benefit Vermont Foodbank.