Music, mayhem, and more! Magic Hat’s Mardi Gras weekend thaws the icy spirits of the Northeast with a unique celebration that could be dubbed New Orleans North. Friday night, kick off the weekend, kick up your feet, and boogie down at local music venue Higher Ground. On Saturday, downtown Burlington turns up the heat with pre-parade musical performances, as well as a costume contest, free photo booth, and other fun, family-friendly activities along Church Street. Join the inspired audience; grab your share of beads, MoonPies, and Lake Champlain Chocolates as the parade kicks off with dozens of floats in grand style. Enjoy live and local music on the Church Street Stage after the parade. www.magichat.net, 802-658-BREW.