New Orleans Greek Festival celebrates its 48th year this weekend

Tina Howell

The community of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral will hold the 48th Annual New Orelans Greek Festival on Friday, May 26th - Sunday, May 29th, along the banks of Bayou St. John.

According to the festival's website, The New Orleans Greek Festival has been a favorite Memorial Day weekend destination among locals since its inception in 1973. Offering an array of authentic homemade Greek food and a friendly family atmosphere, the event annually hosts over 20,000 guests. Delicious homemade Greek food will be available both inside the Hellenic Cultural Center and outside on the Cathedral grounds. Among some of the classic menu selections for your Greek culinary experience include roasted leg of lamb and orzo plate, lamb rack, pastitsio dinner with green beans, tiro pita, and spanakopita, Greek salad, gyro and souvlaki. Preparations began in February to help ensure the large variety and quantities of homemade Greek baked goods demanded by the public each year with baklava being an all-time favorite.

As for entertainment, on the outdoor stage Thymios and his Greek American Super Band will perform live music where can join in some tradition Greek dances. Also, the Athenian Playground will have activities for the young festival goers. So come out and enjoy all of the unique displays of Greek culture, highlighted by traditional dances, the sounds of a live Greek band and bring all your family and friends for a memorable experience of Greece on the Bayou.

The Greek Festival Run/Walk Race will be held on Saturday, May 27th at 9am and you can register at

Tickets for the Greek Festival are $10 each and children under the age of 12 are free.

For more information about the Greek Festival, you can go to

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