This mid-summer weekend-long celebration of Cape Vincent’s French heritage attracts visitors from all over with its French pastries, French breads, parades, fireworks and crafters’ village. Cape Vincent, New York, or “The Cape,” as it’s known, was settled by sympathizers of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, whom they wished to free from exile and relocate here. While Napoleon never escaped his imprisonment, supporters including his brother Joseph made their homes in this stretch of land where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River. French Festival has been running for more than 50 years and is one of the 1000 Islands biggest and most-popular celebrations.