Mardi Gras Parade

Parade Day Details

The Grand Parade will hit MAIN ST. heading toward the waterfront once again in 2015! At 3:00pm, 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.

Don’t get caught up looking for a parking space. A free shuttle will be running from the Burlington High School parking lot on North Avenue and dropping off at the top of Church Street from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Due to the safety issues associated with having a parade of moving vehicles, the streets that cross Main Street must be closed for the duration of the event. Please click here to see all street closings.

Here are the day's downtown happenings

Saturday, February 28, 2015

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM - Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs along Church Street and through City Hall Park
12:00 PM – 1:15 PMSambatucada performance in front of City Hall on Church Street and through City Hall Park
12:00 PM – 5:00 PMWinter Bazaar
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM - The King & Queen of Mardi Gras Costume Contest on City Hall Park stage
1:30 PM – 2:30 PMGrippo Funk Band performs on City Hall Park stage
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM - Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs along Church Street and through City Hall Park
2:00 PM – 2:30 PMSambatucada performance in front of City Hall on Church Street and through City Hall Park
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM - Main Street Closings Begin
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMMardi Gras Parade
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMGrippo Funk Band performs on City Hall Park stage


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


Since 1995 the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing its unique hybrid of Vaudeville, Circus, Wild West Shows, Burlesque, and Sideshow to theaters, clubs, colleges, and festivals. Bindlestiff is known for cabaret shows, custom performances for special audiences, all-ages and family productions, and sophisticated adult shows. Bindlestiff’s style adds a contemporary twist to the grand traditions of American Circus. For upcoming spring shows in the region, please visit our website or Facebook!


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


New this Year! City Hall Park will be turned into a Winter Bazaar with food vendors, activities, and merchants. Stop by the Vermont Foodbank tent for a hot bowl of Louisiana style gumbo. Sure to warm you up! A full list of vendors, exhibitors and merchants will be listed on the website soon.


The Costume Contest will take place on the main stage in City Hall Park. This is a solo contest for Kings & Queens meaning you don’t need to be part of a couple to compete. The winners will be chosen by the crowd, and not only will lead the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade, but each will receive a spa and stay package for two at the Stoweflake in Stowe!

If you want to be a part of the contest, join us at the main stage in City Hall Park between 12:00pm – 1:00pm to register. Contest will begin at 1:00pm. Participants must be 21 and older to enter.


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!


The Grippo Funk Band got its start at Burlington VT's Red Square in 1999 when alto saxophonist Dave Grippo gathered some of his favorite musicians together to jam on Monday nights. This humble beginning led to an unbroken string of Mondays at the Square that lasted nearly seven years. These legendary gigs served as a funk-style bootcamp where the GFB explored the deep cuts of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly Stone, and countless other R&B legends. Be prepared to jam to their post-parade funk music, and be stunned by their deadly locked-down grooves.To find out more, visit their website here.

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