Cape Vincent’s 51st Annual French Festival Celebration will be held. Friday night, July 12th, begins the event with a Family Block Dance on Broadway St. from the reviewing stand on Broadway at 7:30 pm.
Saturday July 13th at 7:00 am when St. John’s Episcopal Church has a pancake breakfast at the church on Market Street. Breakfast consists of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. The cost per person is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 yrs. of age and under.
French pastries will go on sale at 8:00 am at the Fire Hall on Broadway Street. There are delicious Napoleons, Cream filled horns and many varieties of the decadent delights. They are on sale until they are sold out so get in line early. French bread will also be on sale in the morning and throughout the day while supplies last.
Over 200 Artists and Crafters will line the streets of the village and will be selling their wares. They will be open through the day and again on Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. All crafts and exhibits open for the day at 9:00 am on Saturday. Some of the streets are closed off and the crafters are set up selling handmade and handcrafted items. Everything from handcrafted wood items to homemade fudge will be available for purchase. A few of the carts will be selling French Festival T-shirts and berets. Others will have French Flags and balloons.
From 11:30 to 2:00 pm and 3:30 to 6:00 pm the Children’s program featuring a The Catskill Puppet Show will be entertaining on the Village Green. The Kid’s Zone is located on the Village Green featuring face painting, a bounce house and slide and children’s vendors. A street entertainer will be performing throughout the day in various locations on Broadway Street.
The official opening ceremonies for the 51st Annual French Festival will be at 11:00 am at the reviewing stand in front of the American Legion on Broadway Street. National anthems will be sung followed by Cape Vincent’s Mayor and Town Supervisor welcoming event attendees.
The well-known band from Central New York, The Music Makers will be performing the Big Band sound immediately following the Opening Ceremonies from the reviewing stand.
The parade begins at 2:00 pm from Cape Vincent Elementary School on Esselstyne St. with Napoleon leading the way. The parade will include floats, bands and over 50 units from the United States and Canada. From 4:15 through 6:00 pm bands will be performing in front of the reviewing stand. Some of the bands that have performed in the past are The Island Band, Brockville Pipes and Drums, Central NY Fire Police Band, Antwerp Drum & Bugle Corps, TI High School Marching Band, Music Makers, Camden Fife & Drums, LBS Pipes and Downbeat Percussion.
St. Vincent of Paul’s Church on Kanady Street will be holding a Festival Mass that will be spoken in French at 5:15 pm.
A gala fireworks display will begin at dusk, around 9:30 pm. The fireworks will be ignited from the Breakwall on the waterfront resulting in the greatest fireworks show in the 1000 Islands area.
The United Church of Cape Vincent will have a French Festival Community Worship Service at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 14th at the church on Broadway Street
For information on the French Festival call 315-654-2481, check Facebook or on the website www.capevincent.org.