Let’s face it; February in Vermont can be cold and dreary. However, on Saturday, February 28th, the city of Burlington comes alive with the help of the Magic Hat Brewing Company’s 20th annual Mardi Gras parade! This is one of Burlington’s biggest events of the year and we want you to be a part of the action! This fun-filled weekend doesn’t just happen on Saturday, there are plenty of other Magic Hat inspired events beginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday. Want to know more about the parade and other exciting happenings? We’ve got you covered…

Magic Hat and the Vermont Foodbank have teamed up for an exciting community based fundraiser, to raise awareness and to support Vermonters. The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry. Over the years, Magic Hat Mardi Gras weekend has raised over $215,000 for the Vermont community. This once a year event brings the public together for a colorful celebration of merriment and fun.

Here is a run-down of everything you need to know for the weekend:

  • Friday, February 27th is the Kick-Off party at Higher Ground with special music guest Gogol Bordello. Doors open at 8pm.
  • Saturday, February 28th the Grand Parade will make its way down Main Street towards the waterfront. Beginning at 3pm, the parade travels down Main Street to Battery Street. Be sure to get there early so you can scope out your best viewing spot to watch the amazing parade floats go by. There will be lots of goodies being tossed to the crowds, including beads, moonpies and Lake Champlain chocolates. After the parade is over, head on over to City Hall Park to watch the Grippo Funk Band perform.
  • Saturday, February 28th, when the parade ends, be sure to grab a Magic Hat brew and some food and visit these participating restaurants and bars for Mardi Gras after hours, all located on or near Church Street.
  • Sunday, March 1st, make your way over to the Magic Hat Artifactory for tours, growler fills and tastings! The Artifactory will be open on Sunday from 12-5pm, with tours offered at 2pm and 3pm. If you can’t make it to the factory on Sunday, they will also be open on Sat. 2/28 from 12-7pm.

If you’d like to participate in the Mardi Gras parade entertainment and want to grab some beads to throw out, you can get them from 12-3pm at City Hall Park & on Church Street at the following locations: Ecco Clothes, Pearl Street Beverage, Homeport, Expressions, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Frog Hollow, Full Tank, and of course at the Magic Hat Artifactory!

For more information on this fun-packed weekend, please visit the Magic Hat website for more details!

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