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Mardi Gras Parade

Parade Day Details

The Grand Parade will hit MAIN ST. heading toward the waterfront once again in 2014! This move was made in 2011 to better accommodate the thousands of expected revelers who attend the Parade and the new route proved to be a success.

At 3pm, the Grand Parade will begin at South Winooski and Main and end up at Battery Street. Line up early to get your prime viewing spot so you can see the regalia and catch the beads, moonpies and Lake Champlain Chocolates as they fly from the floats!

Families with children 10 years of age and under are welcome to catch the parade from the Little Jambalaya Viewing Zone, located on the north side of Main St., between South Champlain and Battery Streets. For those with disabilities, there will be a special viewing zone at the intersection of Church and Main.

Here are the day's downtown happenings (click on the links for more information on each section). The pre-parade activities begin at noon:

Where to Get Beads

VENDORCONTACTHOURS OF OPERATION
Apple Mountain 658-6452M-Th 9:30am-6pm
The Body Shop 860-3664M-Sa 12pm-9pm
Bueno Y Sano 864-990011am-9pm
Ecco 860-222010am-9pm
Expressions 864-0414M-Th 10am-6pm
F 10am-7pm
Magic Hat Brewing Company 658-BREW (2739)M-Th 10am-6pm
F &, S 10am-7pm
Su 12pm-5pm
Pearl Street Beverage 862-1209M-Sa 10am-midnight
Trinket/Sweet Lady Jane 861-3035M-Sa 10am-8pm
Winooski Beverage Warehouse 655-2620M-Th 10am-9pm
F & Sa 10am-10pm
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Mardi Gras Photo Booth

Immortalize yourselves with a FREE photo from the Magic Hat Photo Booth in front of Homeport on Church St.

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Sambatucada

This local band gets feet moving with their unique brand of Afro-Brazilian beats. Visit Sabatucada’s website to learn more.

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Multi-skilled performers from this Albany-based entertainment company will roam Church Street with show-stopping costumes and charismatic, interactive performances including physical comedy, prop manipulation, manipulative skills and more! Visit Bindlestiff's website to learn more about their unique hybrid of entertainment!

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Sophistafunk

Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. SOPHISTAFUNK is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments. Catch ONE show, and you will be hooked! Visit Sophistafunk's website for more information!

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The King & Queen Costume Contest

The Costume Contest will take place on the top block of Church St. hosted by Tim Kavanagh. This is a solo contest for Kings & Queens...you need not be part of a couple to compete (although couples are welcome!). The winners will be chosen by the crowd, and will each receive a pair of tickets anywhere JetBlue Airways flies and on top of all that, will lead the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade!

If you want to be a part of the contest, join us at the stage at the top block of Church St. at 12pm to register. Contest will begin at 1pm. Participants must be 21 and up to enter.

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THE PARADE!

Start lining the streets around 2:30pm so you can get a great view of the parade of Mardi Gras floats as they roll down Main St. Get ready to grab your beads, moonpies and Lake Champlain Chocolates as they're thrown from the floats!

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The London Souls

The London Souls' unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band's celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more. Visit The London Souls website for more information!

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