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Cicero Community Festival marks 20th anniversary this weekend

— “On Saturday, it’s free admission,” Becker said. “We have a whole bunch of activities, starting with the parade at noon. Last year, more than 700 people were in the parade, with a couple thousand watching. We also have Star Search, a martial arts demonstration, the craft and business show, Letizia and the Z Band playing. This year, to mark the 20th anniversary, we have an anniversary cake from Price Chopper. Once it gets dark, we’ll have fireworks. We’re showing a movie, ‘Despicable Me,’ for free outdoors. We’ve set up a piece of canvas on a shed with a projector showing the movie, so people can watch that.”

Visit cicerofestival.com for more information, including a full schedule of events.

Last year, the festival added a new feature when it began honoring famous Cicero natives. The first honoree was CNY Central’s Jackie Robinson. This year, 93Q’s Amy Robbins will get the nod.

“We do have Amy Robbins,” Becker said. “She lives in Cicero. She’s going to be the grand marshal of the parade, and she’ll be there for the rest of the festival Saturday.”

As if the entertainment wasn’t enough of a draw, festival-goers can also enter to win a number of prizes.

“This year, because of the anniversary, there are a couple of ways for people to win prizes,” Becker said. “The theme this year is ‘Passport to Fun.’ When you come to the festival, you get a program book that you can get stamped when you go to different vendors. When you get at least six stamps, you rip out the passport page and drop it off in the beverage tent, and you’ll be eligible to win the grant prize, which is a weekend in Toronto from AAA Travel. And there are lots of other prizes — dinners, a car cover from Pep Boys, lots of gift cards, a ton of prizes.”

Becker said the festival provides an excellent opportunity for members of the Cicero community to unite.

“This really brings the community together,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for residents to see the businesses and the arts and crafters and to see that they do business in Cicero, but they also live here. You’ll get to see a lot of different organizations – the Cicero Fire Department, the chamber, the Cicero PBA, the church — we work with their CYO. It’s an opportunity to bring Cicero completely together in a fun environment.”

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