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Preview: New Orleans Greek Festival 

Opa wide for the annual celebration of Hellenic heritage on Bayou St. John

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Photo by A.J. Sisco

The annual celebration of Greek heritage at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and Hellenic Cultural Center on Bayou St. John features traditional music and dance, Greek food and more. The market of prepared and packaged foods presents a special highlight on the city of Kalamata and its Kalamata olives with olives, tapanade and olive bread biscuits. The Greek Grocery also offers cheeses, dips and baked goods. Festival foods include goat burgers, rotisserie lamb, gyros, souvlaki and loukoumades, or Greek beignets, served with honey and cinnamon. For entertainment, there is traditional music and performances by the Hellenic Dancers. Kids activities are highlighted by the Athenian playground with its Mount Olympus climbing wall. Anyone wearing a toga gets in free on Sunday. Admission $7; children 12 and under get in free.

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