The city of Jacksonville is shouting: “Vive La France!” for a whole week to celebrate 450 years of French history. There are lots of different event and happenings in the Jacksonville area. Here are some of the highlights:
Visiting French Naval Schooners in Fernandina – Amelia Island
French Naval Schooners Visit the Fernandina Harbor Marina. The city of Fernandina is welcoming two French Naval ships sailing down the Southeast Coast. Over 50 French sailors will be calling Fernandina home for the weekend.
Isle de Mai Petanque Tournament – Amelia Island
Sunday, April 29
Petanque America will be hosting a one-day Petanque Tournament in honor of the French anniversary at the Amelia River waterfront. Petanque is a French game, and Petanque America is headquartered here in Fernandina Beach.
Visiting Tall Ships in Jacksonville April 30 – May 2, 2012
The French Navy are sailing to downtown Jacksonville with two tall ships the Etoile and the Belle Poule, and you are invited to tour the ships. The ships are scheduled to depart Mayport Naval Station the morning of Monday, April 30, and sail up the St. Johns River to moor near Jacksonville Landing around noon. The city is planning a grande welcome for the tall ships. First, Fort Caroline is going to salute the ships with a cannons when they pass the National Park. The public is invite to “wave them in” and for local boats of all sizes to “sound their horns” as the tall ships sail to Downtown. The French Navy’s tall ships will be open for free public tours until their departure the morning of May 2nd.