50th Annual French Festival Celebrations Held July 14th and 15th

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Cape Vincent’s 50th Annual French Festival Celebration will be held. Friday night, July 13th,  begins the event with a family Block Dance on Broadway St. from the reviewing stand featuring Fred and the Eds.  This event is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. Other entertainment will be at the various local businesses. 

Saturday July 14th 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 $8.00 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, berets and buttons.  Others will have French Flags, popcorn and balloons.  

Author Jeff Heller will be presenting a program entitled The French in America; from Fighting to Fashion. The event is held in the Historic Community House, 127 E. Joseph St. Corner of S. Market and E. Joseph.  Mr. Heller’s programs will be Saturday, 11 am 1 and then again at 1 pm and 4 pm.  He will also be presenting on Sunday at 12, 1 and 3 pm. The French Festival Fiddler, Keith Engle, will stroll the streets serenading the public throughout the day Saturday and then again on Sunday. 

From 10:30 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 located on the Village Green will feature face painting, a bounce house and slide and children’s vendors.  FiFi  D. Clown and Coco will entertain children on the Village Green and in the streets with magic and clown antics. A street entertainer will be performing throughout the day in various locations on Broadway Street. 

The official opening ceremonies for the 50th 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.  Shortly following the welcome Miss French Festival 2018 will be crowned by Miss French Festival 2017.  There will be a presentation of Miss French Festival’s court.  Then Miss French Festival 2018 will read the proclamation and festivities will begin.  

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 with Napoleon leading the way. The parade will include floats, bands and over 50 units from the United States and Canada.  At 4:00 pm awards will be given out to the winning floats by the French Festival Queen.  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, Syracuse Fire Police Band, Antwerp Drum & Bugle Corps, TI  High School Marching Band, Music Makers, Camden Fife & Drums, LBS Pipes, Central NY Fire Police Band, Downbeat Percussion and more. 

After the performance of the bands, there will be a block dance featuring the classic rock band Doc Yukon starting at 7:30 sponsored by the Son of the American Legion. 

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. This 50th Anniversary display will have some extra special explosives to delight the crowds.  

The United Church of Cape Vincent will have a French Festival Community Worship Service at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 15th at the church on Broadway Street

Sunday, July 15th the arts and crafts show and sale will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Local musician Bella Phinney,  will be entertaining on the Village Green at 11:30 am. The well known band from Rochester “Ruby Shooz” will be playing golden oldies from the Fire Hall on Broadway St. from 1 pm to 4 pm. For information on the French Festival log into facebook, call 315-654-2481 or on the website www.capevincent.org .

ABC50’s Olivia Grant will be on the reviewing stand and helping celebrate 50 years of fun with the Cape Vincent community!  

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