July 14 & 15, 2018
Cape Vincent’s 50th Annual French Festival Celebration will begin Friday night, July 13th, with a family Block Party on Broadway St. from the reviewing stand featuring Fred and the Eds. This event is sponsored by Sons of the American Legion. Other entertainment will be at the various local businesses.
Free shuttle all day Saturday from Bay Street/Grant Road to Downtown Cape Vincent.
Saturday July 14th
7:00 am 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.
8:00 am French pastries will go on sale 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.
9:00 am Over 200 Artists and Crafters will line the streets of the village and will be selling their wares. 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. They will be open through the day and again on Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
10:00 am 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, 10:00 am to 11 am and then again from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. He will also be presenting on Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
10:30 – 2:00 pm the Children’s program featuring The Catskill Puppet Show and Fifi D. Clown will be entertaining on the Village Green. The Kid’s Zone is located on the Village Green featuring face painting by Brushstrokes by Melina, a bounce house and slide and children’s vendors. A street entertainer will be performing throughout the day in various locations on Brodway Street.
11:00 am The official opening ceremonies for the 50th Annual French Festival will be 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.
Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies The well-known band from Central New York, The Music Makers will be performing the Big Band sound from the reviewing stand.
2:00 pm The parade begins 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.
3:30 – 6:00 pm the Children’s program featuring a The Catskill Puppet Show will again be entertaining on the Village Green
4:15 – 6:00 pm bands will be performing in front of the reviewing stand.
Bands include: Downbeat Percussion, Music Makers, Thousand Islands High School Marching Band, Camden Fife & Drums, LBS Pipes, Central NY Fire Police Band, and more!
5:15 pm St. Vincent of Paul’s Church on Kanady Street will be holding a Festival Mass that will be spoken in French.
7:30 pm there will be a Block Party featuring the classic rock band Doc Yukon; sponsored by Sons of the American Legion.
Dusk A gala fireworks display will begin, 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!
Sunday, July 15th
9:00 am Over 200 Artists and Crafters will line the streets of the village and will be selling their wares. Everything from handcrafted wood items to homemade fudge will be available for purchase. The Kid’s Zone is located on the Village Green featuring face painting by Brushstrokes by Melina, a bounce house and slide and children’s vendors.
9:30 am The United Church of Cape Vincent will have a French Festival Community Worship Service at the church on Broadway Street
10:00 am – 11:00 am 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.
11:00 am Bella Phinney, a local ukulele and guitar playing 15 year old who writes her own music, will perform on the Village Green. You can get a sample of Bella’s music HERE.
Noon Keith Engle will perform on the corner of Broadway & Point Street as well as fiddling around the French Festival all weekend long!
For parade questions please contact Dave Parker at email@example.com
To enter a float contact Mary Rupp at (315) 654-2533