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Mardi Gras Parade

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Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 658-2739

Ages: 0 and up


Parking: No - Free Shuttles - See web site for details


The annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Burlington kicks off at 3:00.  It will begin South Winooski and Main and end up at Battery St. Start lining the streets around 2:30 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!


Families with children under 10 years of age are welcome to catch the parade to 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.


There are free shuttles from Burlington High School, Pearl Street, and Magic Hat to help you get to Church Street and avoid the crowded parking lots.  See the web site for details and street closings.



  • 12pm - 1pm: Sambatucada warms up the crowd with their unique Afro-Brazilian beats on Church St. in front of City Hall.
  • 12pm - 3pm & 4-5pm: Get your FREE photo taken at the Magic Hat Photo Booth in front of HOMEPORT on Church St.
  • Noon - 12:30pm: Performers from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus perform on stage at the top block of Church St.
  • 1:00: The King & Queen of Mardi Gras Costume Contest hosted by Tim Kavanagh takes place on the top block of Church St.! This is a solo contest for Kings & Queens…you won't be judged as a couple. 
  • 1:30 - 2:30pm: Performers from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus entertain on Church St.
  • 1:30 - 2:30pm: Sophistafunk performs on the top block of Church St.
  • 1:45 - 2:30pm: Sambatucada warms up the crowd with their unique Afro-Brazilian beats in front of City Hall.
  • 3:00pm: The Grand Parade begins to roll down Main St., from South Winooski to Battery St.!


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Reviewed on 03/03/2014

Lots of fun, but dress appropriatly. Daughter got the piggy keychain she really wanted from one of the floats. Get there early to park and get your spot espicially if you have kids. Be prepared to mingle with lots of people of all ages and enthusiasm levels. I do agree with the other reviewer that they did not pay as much attention to the kids in front this year. They also threw out "other" fun items in big quantities, but only in bunches.....need to spread those out more if possible....more

Mardi Gras Parade


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Reviewed on 03/03/2014

We have a 3 year old and 5 year old and they had a BLAST at the Mardi Gras parade. We got there 20 min. early to get up front and they got to see all the floats which was great! They were bummed though because the people on the floats were throwing the candy, beads, coins etc. way into the crown and ignoring the little kids down in the front. I was fine with that though cause they didn't need a ton of beads or chocolate...LOL Great family event! Make sure you bundle up though! ...more

Mardi Gras Parade