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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mardi Gras and Markets: A Weekend Preview

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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Looking for some weekend fun?

The Queen City hosts Magic Hat Mardi Gras on Saturday. Though the nighttime debauchery associated with this annual event isn't exactly kid-friendly, the parade certainly is. Families with kids 10 and under can watch the floats roll by at 3 p.m. from the Little Jambalaya Viewing Zone, located on the north side of Main Street, between South Champlain and Battery Streets. And before the Grand Parade, performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at 1:45 and Sambatucada at noon and 1:45 on Church Street are sure to please spectators of all ages. 

If big crowds and catching beads doesn't appeal, check out the Vermont Rails Model Railroad Show at the Champlain Valley Expo from 10 to 4 on Saturday. Choo-choo enthusiasts can browse the locomotive-themed wares and watch model trains round the tracks. An added bonus: children under 6 are free.

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Also on Saturday, both the Burlington and Essex branches of Phoenix Books host events to celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Story time, and activities featuring The Cat in the Hat, start at 11 a.m.

Need a fresh food fix? Winter farmers markets in both Middlebury and Montpelier will satisfy your cravings. 

Sunday is the last day of  Champ Week at Burlington's Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, where kids get to explore the facts and legends surrounding our resident lake monster.

Finally, public skating at Cairns Arena in South Burlington on Sunday afternoon helps kids end the weekend on a nimble note.

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