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Mardi Gras, Burlington-style

Posted on March 2, 2011 4:40 PM by Allison

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!


The Big Easy Comes to Burlington

Posted on February 27, 2009 9:06 AM by Jason

This Saturday marks Burlington’s 14th Annual Mardi Gras Parade presented by Magic Hat.  It’s New England’s biggest Mardi Gras celebration, with over 30 floats tossing out beads, Louisiana Moon Pies, trinkets and of course Lake Champlain Chocolates.  This is the perfect event to knock that long winter cabin fever out of your system!

The festivities begin at 3pm but be sure to get there early so you can get a good spot (and remember to wear a warm jacket!). To help take the chill off, Lake Champlain Chocolates’ Church Street store will be serving up Hot Chocolates, as well as preparing Mardi Gras Fudge (from 1 - 4) and authentic Louisiana Pralines!

With the combination of music, floats, and revelers, this is truly one of Burlington’s greatest winter events. For the past several years, I’ve stood on Church St to witness the smiling faces and beautiful floats created by many of our local businesses. Even though Magic Hat (a local brewery) organizes the event, it is unquestionably a family affair and Magic Hat uses the event to raise funds and awareness for the Rape Crisis Center of Chittenden County.

So if you don’t have any plans this weekend, get out there!  Grab some beads!  Have some fun while you support a great cause!