Mardi Gras, Burlington-style

It’s just once a year that the magic of New Orleans hits the streets of Burlington, and believe me, you don’t want to miss this one.

The energy is contagious.  The fun is permeable.  The loot is delicious.

Vermonters from near and far brave March’s unpredictable elements to join the crowds for creative floats, great costumes, beads, traditional moon pies and Lake Champlain Chocolates.  Our very own Gary Coffey, Director of Retail Sales, will be one of the judges voting for the best float.  We’re pretty proud.

The crowd’s increased size over the years has forced a slight change in the parade route.  Instead of heading up Church Street and the pedestrian marketplace, the floats are heading down Main Street toward the water.  That frees up Church Street for après-parade wandering and snacking.

While you’re wandering, definitely stop by our retail shop and café on Church Street for some fun Louisiana-style treats.  Lauren, our newest R&D guru, will be cooking up a recipe for a traditional Louisiana Praline confection, and we’ll be making fudge for the occasion.  If it’s chilly, grab a hot chocolate on your way to the parade to keep you warm while you cheer for beads.

Don’t forget to check out Emily Jones’ newest chocolate sculpture for the occasion, and she’s working on it as we speak.  It’ll be displayed in the window at our Church Street Shop.

We’ll see you down there!