Cicero Year in and year out, the community fills the grounds behind Sacred Heart Church on Route 11 for the Cicero Community Festival.
“We usually average about 7,000 people,” said Steve Becker, one of the event’s organizers. “I think that speaks for itself. It’s become a tradition year in and year out to come to the festival. The cruise night is popular. People like seeing the classic cars. People love Ruby Shooz. We have hundreds of people come to the parade, participating as well as watching.”
If you go
What: Cicero Community Festival
When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 7, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 8
Where: Parking lot and grounds behind Sacred Heart Church, 8229 Brewerton Road (Route 11), Cicero
Admission is $3 per car Friday for the car cruise and free Saturday. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit cicerofestival.com.
The festival, which celebrates its 21st year when it kicks off Friday, June 7, is offered by the Greater Cicero Chamber of Commerce every year to support area businesses. Drivers Village co-sponsors the event.
“It recognizes the different businesses that have been in the Cicero area,” Becker said. “We find that a lot of them are either sponsors or will be at the event as vendors.”
In addition to highlighting local businesses, the festival does what you would expect a community festival to do.
‘It brings the community together,” Becker said. “Cicero is one of the fastest-growing communities in Onondaga County. It’s amazing, the spirit within the town of Cicero, and we’ve seen this come about with the festival and the people coming out to support it. [The festival is] the chamber’s way of giving back to the community.”
Every year, something like 7,000 residents turn out to enjoy everything from the classic cars to the live entertainment. Food vendors will peddle their wares, and numerous businesses are on hand to show off their products, as well. Local dance and martial arts studios host demonstrations and performances, and there’s a fun zone with inflatables and games for the younger set. New this year are three or four midway rides, as well as pony rides, also meant for young kids. Everything wraps up Saturday night with the fireworks spectacular.