Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans has meant one thing for nearly 50 years: the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Cathedral. The popular ethnic gathering was canceled in 2020 and 2021 for safety reasons due to the COVID outbreak, but this year’s festivities return to 1200 Allen Toussaint Boulevard along Bayou St. John from Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29. may.
The theme for 2022 is “Back to Traditions”. In 1973, when New Orleans’ first Greek Festival was held, few could have known it would become one of the city’s most popular gatherings, welcoming more than 23,000 visitors a year.
The festival offers many homemade traditional Greek dishes, wine and desserts, from goat burger to ouzo daiquiri. New this year will be Mythos Greek beer and a wine flight consisting of two Greek red wines and two Greek white wines.
A Greek band will perform throughout the festival and traditional Greek dances performed by Hellenic dancers will provide a good time.
There will be tours of the cathedral, an Athenian playground for the kids, and a Greek deli with delicious cheeses, dips, spices, and more.
Here is the schedule of events:
Friday night run/walk
5:30 p.m. — Registration and kits
6:45 p.m. – 1 mile start
7:00 p.m. — 5K start
Hellenic dancers, interior scene
Friday — 7:30 p.m.
Saturday — 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday — 3:30 p.m.
Tours begin at the side entrance of the cathedral. This year, festival organizers will also feature two new attractions added to its cathedral tours.
An addition features a free special exhibition space in the Hellenic Cultural Center called the Little Museum of the Little Greek Church. The attraction is a reference to the nickname of the 19th century Holy Trinity in New Orleans, “Little Greek Church”.
The exhibit commemorates the church founders and Orthodox Christian pioneers who entrenched Eastern Orthodoxy in the Americas in 1864. The museum will feature a collection of over 100 religious artifacts, photos and historical documents that the community has safeguarded since its beginnings, when the church was first established. established on N. Dorgenois Street. This year’s tours will also place more emphasis on Byzantine chants in English and Greek.
Friday — 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday — 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday — 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets at the door are $10 and children under 12 are admitted free. Organizers say every ticket purchase will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a door prize of $1,000. The winner will be announced Sunday at 5:30 p.m.