The Grand Parade will hit Main Street, heading toward the waterfront once again in 2016! 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 Street, 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.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs along Church Street
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Sambatucada performance in front of City Hall on Church Street
12:00 PM – 2:15 PM Mardi Gras Fun Run registration at the Magic Hat tent in City Hall Park
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Visit the Mardi Gras Photo Booth on Church Street in front of HOMEPORT
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Visit the Magic Hat Van on Church Street in front of BEN & JERRY’S
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM King & Queen of Mardi Gras Costume Contest on City Hall Park stage
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM The Green Mountain Playboys perform on City Hall Park stage
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Sambatucada performance in front of City Hall on Church Street
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs along Church Street
2:00 PM Main Street closings begin
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Mardi Gras Fun Run down Main Street
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Mardi Gras Parade
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Waylon Speed performs on City Hall Park stage
Since 1995, the Performers from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus have 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.
Immortalize yourselves with a FREE photo from the Magic Hat Photo Booth in front of Homeport on Church St.
The Magic Hat van will be posted up outside Ben & Jerry’s on Church St. Stop by, say hi and stick around for some free swag, games, the photo booth and more!
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.
The Green Mountain Playboys play Cajun dance music - This Vermont based band includes: Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals), Alec Ellsworth (fiddle, Accordion, vocals), Jay Ekis (Vocals, Electric Guitar), Noah Hahn (Bass), and Lee Blackwell (Drums). All five members are well-versed musicians, having traveled to Louisiana a number of times to learn and share Cajun music. They are a recently formed ensemble, playing at regional New England dance halls, bars, weddings, and festivals. To find out more, visit their website here.
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 Street. Get ready to grab your beads, moonpies and Lake Champlain Chocolates as they’re thrown from the floats!
Waylon Speed was created by Noah Crowther, Reverend Chad Hammaker, Kelly Ravin and Justin Crowther after playing together at a local honky-tonk in Burlington, Vermont. Three days and one practice later, Waylon Speed was born. While Waylon Speed is not influenced by mainstream music, they integrate each members individual influences to achieve a truly unique genre all of its own. They have won awards from both the New England Music Awards for “Vermont’s Best Band”, and Seven Days newspaper’s annual Daisy Award for “Best Americana Band”. They write, release and distribute their music independently.
Named after the guitarist Rev. Chad Hammaker’s son, Waylon, the band has become a family owned and operated enterprise. Waylon Speed released their second full-length record Kin on April 29th, 2014, followed by a national tour. They have offered support for large-name outfits, and was tour support for Lynyrd Skynyrd in November ’14. To find out more, visit their website here.