One of my favorite Burlington traditions is the Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade. There are floats, flying beads, music and dancers.
For the second year in a row we started at our friend Ed’s house. Everyone gathered there for a bloody mary (or two) and mimosas before heading downtown.
Beads were handed out and (for some) Mardi Gras make up was applied.
Ed adorned Tommy with a very special strand of hockey stick beads.
Here’s our crew before we headed downtown.
We grabbed a spot on the sunny side of Main Street. There’s always a huge crowd, but this year the sunshine and blue skies seemed to bring out even more people than usual. It was only 30 degrees, but the sun made it comfortable.
Sunglasses were as necessary as warm socks.
The parade kicked off with music and dancers which were followed by the floats.
The ghostbusters were my favorite.
Don’t these two look mischievous?
Magic Hat pulled up the rear in their giant sparkly birthday cake.
Then we followed the crowd up to the park.
It was such a gorgeous day to walk around and enjoy Burlington.
When we’d had enough, and I had lost feeling in my toes, we decided to duck inside to warm up. We knew Church Street and all the usual places would be packed to the gills so we headed off the beaten path.
Ed knew of a little pizza place that had just moved. In its place was a brand new gastro-pub. So new, in fact, that it doesn’t even have a sign. I would have never found it on my own.
Inside was a cozy spot with a great bar. They had Vermont beers on tap and a short, but sweet menu. We ordered the parmesan truffle fries and dry rub wings.
Both were incredibly flavorful. I’m already looking forward to going back.
Once we’d warmed up and finished our gourmet snack it was time to head to our next stop – a brand new brewery in Winooski (more on that another day).
It was another fun parade and a gorgeous day to be out and about.