The Church Street Marketplace is full of eye-catching action, but a new installation is getting people to stop in their tracks and take a closer look.
"I want it for my house!" said Rodney Rose, a visitor from New Jersey.
It's a 124-foot by 16-foot mural covering the Marketplace Alleyway that leads to the parking garage.
"This is the entrance many people use to come onto the marketplace," said Becky Cassidy of the Church Street Marketplace.
"I started walking and it caught my eye and it's like people we know! This is really cool!" said Diane Choiniere of Burlington.
The piece called "Everyone Loves a Parade" was painted by Canadian muralist Pierre Hardy and depicts the evolution of Vermont's history.
"It sets a tone for the rest of the experience we offer on the marketplace," Cassidy said.
With Grand Master Samuel de Champlain leading the charge, the parade is chock full of everything from Burlingtonians to iconic figures of the past 400 years.
"There's so much history up here and people don't play it up enough and this is phenomenal," Rose said.
The Church Street Marketplace raised $100,000 to install this mural that will be here for the next 20 years. They estimate that 5 million people come to the marketplace each year, so that's a lot of eyes on Vermont's history.
"It's going to be great for teachers to bring their classes down," Cassidy said. "We'll have a key and a map to help people find things."
"It's just neat because this is Vermont, it's definitely Vermont," Choiniere said.
The enormous painting took a year to complete in a studio and was installed in panels-- all in time for the 30th celebration of the Church Street Marketplace.
The Church Street Marketplace took in applications from artists from all over the world and chose the Canadian artist because of his vision for the alley.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:30:10 GMT
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.State Police say Route 5 in Derby Line is closed near Caswell Avenue because of a hole in the pavement just a couple of feet over the lineMore >>
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:06 GMT
It was a storm that left residents with more damage than they could have ever imagined. "The basement has about 13 inches of water," said Bob Genter of Underhill. And preparing for the aftermath of theMore >>
Flash floods left destruction across the region. And the rain is not over. Heavy downpours left some people trapped in their neighborhoods as emergency crews work to try to clear the roads.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:54:18 GMT
Vermont State Police say the following roads have been closed due to flooding:UNDERHILL: VERMONT ROUTE 15, CILLEYHILL POKER HILL ROAD NORTH UNDERHILL STATION ROAD PAIGE ROAD DAUDLIN ROAD BROWNS TRACE,More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:20:50 GMT
As the cleanup gets underway from Thursday night's flash flooding, the focus shifts now to the broader impacts of rising rivers from around the region. All the rain so far and more to come is running intoMore >>
All the rain is running into larger streams and rivers that are moving rapidly toward flood stage.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:44:50 GMT
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend. So far, the impact has mainly been seen in roadMore >>
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:51 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:51:55 GMT
Over the river and throught the woods isn't just the way to grandma's house, its the way a lot of people are having to travel just to make it to their front door. Dormant brooks and sleepy streams turnedMore >>
Strong rains Thursday flooded roads in Essex.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:14 GMT
A rainy Vermont City Marathon forecast isn't slowing down runners or organizers. "Well, we're going to make some liquid sunshine out of all of this rain. That's the only choice we've got right now," saidMore >>
The countdown is on to this weekend's Vermont City Marathon and final preps are underway. Those finishing touches are coming in the rain, but organizers say the weather isn't slowing things down.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:35:15 GMT
The bad weather has forced the postponement of the annual Memorial Day parade in Essex. The parade is held annually on the Saturday morning of the holiday weekend. But after all the rain and flooding damageMore >>
The bad weather has forced the postponement of the annual Memorial Day parade in Essex.More >>