Kick off this annual event Saturday, July 8th when St. John's Episcopal Church has a pancake breakfast at the church on Market Street. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 years of age and younger.
French pastries will go on sale at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Broadway Street. They are on sale until 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. Booths will be open from 9AM-3PM on Saturday and Sunday. 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 10:30AM to 2PM and again from 3:30PM-6:30PM the Children's program featuring a puppet show will be entertaining on the Village Green. There will be other street performers as well.
The official opening ceremonies for the Festival will be at 11:00AM 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 after, Miss French Festival 2017 will be crowned. There will be a presentation of Miss French Festival's Court, then the proclamation will be read and festivities will begin.
The parade begins at 2:00PM with Napoleon leading the way. The parade will include floats, bands over 50 units from the United States and Canada. At 4:00PM awards will be handed out. From 4:15PM-6PM bands will be performing in front of the reviewing stand.