With this year’s 37th Annual Greek Festival New Orleans it’s again time to visit “Greece on the Bayou.” The Greek Fest offers great food, shopping, music, and dancing. It gives you a different sense of New Orleans culture, and exemplifies the city’s diversity of celebrations. Plus, you get in free on Sunday if you’re decked in a toga!
On the banks of Bayou St. John, this Greek get-down has a New Orleans-y, laid-back feel to it with families mingling and kids (and more than a few adults) clamoring for gyro and baklava. The entertainment features music and dancing in marked contrast to last weekend’s free outdoor festival, the Bayou Boogaloo. I love native New Orleans music, but it’s nice to go to a festival and hear a completely different music–and Hellenic dancing is not something you’ll get to see at Wednesday in the Square. The food is also a refreshing change of pace, with lamb aplenty (over 125 will be cooked on this single weekend!), other exotic entrees, plus a huge variety of traditional desserts and pastries. To wash it down there’s ouzo, a potent aperitif, or a selection imported wines and Abita Beer (it’s just not a New Orleans festival without an Abita Beer).
The festival starts at 5 on Friday, May 28, 2010 and runs through Sunday, May 30, winding down at 9 p.m. But the party gets started each morning at at 11 a.m. There’s even an Olympic Run/Walk (just a 5k, I want nothing to do with an actual marathon) on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
All proceeds from the events support the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Hellenic Cultural Center. The historic Cathedral represents the first established Greek Orthodox Church in America and played hosted the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church and whose visit to New Orleans came only 4 months after the cathedral took on dramatic amounts of water in 2005. It’s certainly the center of Culture for a vital New Orleans community.
Come out and enjoy the scenery, the atmosphere and the community – New Orleans offers so much diversity, enjoy it!
2010 Greek Festival New Orleans
Holy Trinity Cathedral
1200 Robert E Lee Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122