The festivities begin on Friday July 12th with a free family street dance on Broadway St. near the Fire Hall starting at 7:30 pm.
There will be a French Festival Pancake Breakfast served at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Market St. The breakfast starts at 7:00 am until 11:00 am, Saturday July 13th. The breakfast consists of pancakes, with real maple syrup, sausage and beverage. This is an all you can eat buffet. The cost of the buffet is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 years 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 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. All crafts and exhibits open for the day at 10:00 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.
From 10:30 to 2:00 pm the Children’s program featuring a puppet show will be entertaining on the Village Green. The next performances will be from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. There will be street performers as well. Many more children’s activities are planned for this year.
The official opening ceremonies for the 45th 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 2013 will be crowned by Miss French Festival 2012. There will be a presentation of Miss French Festival’s court. Then Miss French Festival 2013 will read the proclamation and festivities will begin.
The parade begins at 2:00 pm with Napoleon leading the way. The parade will include floats, marching bands and over 50 units from the United States and Canada. Bands will be performing in front of the reviewing stand after the parade. Some of the bands that have performed in the past are The Island Band, The Sea Cadets, Syracuse Fire Police Band, Antwerp Drum & Bugle Corps, Spirit of ’69, Highland Mist Pipe Band and several local High School Marching bands as well. After the band performances the popular band “Fred and the Eds” will be entertaining on the band stand located on the Village Green.
St. Vincent of Paul’s Church on Kanady Street will be holding a Festival Mass that will be spoken in French at 5:00 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.
Sunday, July 14th the arts and crafts show and sale will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be also be an antique car parade at 1:00 pm. “Eli” the 1917 ambulance will be in the lead and there will be antique tractors, cars, trucks and motor vehicles of all kinds
For more information about the car parade call Ron Paratore at 315-654-2709. For information on the French Festival call 315-654-2481.