8.30am – 10am ‘Landings’ – on the main beach.

Day two of the festival starts with our fantastic historic re-enactment celebrating all people who came to Akaroa to start new lives in our beautiful Horomaka. Join us bright and early to hear their stories, celebrate their arrivals and learn their heritage. Akaroa Community Arts Council produces what has truly become a firm favourite of French Festival. Our good friends, Michael Hurst and the Wellington Sea Shanty Society, will lead our cast of brave locals telling the histories of our ancestors.

Bring a beach chair, a warm coat, a sense of humour and a hottie!

La Parade

10am-10:45, The people of Onuku Runanga and a brass band will lead the Comte de Paris descendants and our performers from the beach in this good old-fashioned parade. They are joined by as many locals as would like to.
Call out to descendant families!
Make a family banner! Dress up! Bring your family banners, bicycles, pets– anything and everyone!
March with the people of Onuku Runanga, The Coachlines Brass Band.
The flags of the French, German, English and Mana Whenua are raised by local next generation descendants of our first peoples who came to call Horomaka home.

The Parade will march to the Festival Rotunda, where Christchurch’s own Mulletman will introduce our invited special guests to welcome us all to the Festival.