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Annunciation Greek Heritage and Culture Festival in Manhattan, May 12

The National Herald

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Festival in Manhattan on May 12. Photo: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

NEW YORK – The Parish Community of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 302 West 91st Street between West End Ave. and Riverside Drive in Manhattan hosts its annual Greek Festival on Saturday, May 12, 11 AM-6 PM. The sights, sounds, and tantalizing smells transport festival-goers to the beautiful Greek Isles. The spectacular one-day Greek Festival is a family event that draws visitors from across the city and greater tri-state area. Come dance in the streets as West 91st Street transforms into a Greek “plaka” (central plaza) for the day. An Upper West Side tradition for families and singles alike, the annual Annunciation Greek Festival features traditional homemade foods, desserts, a special activities area just for the kids, continuous Greek music and dancing in the streets, and an afternoon demonstration by Annunciation’s awarding-winning Greek dance troupe.

Parishioner and self-guided tours of the church sanctuary are free, taking place throughout the day. Tours highlight an up-close look at the Byzantine style iconography and hand-carved altar facade imported from Greece over 60 years ago as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Orthodox faith. The Annunciation sanctuary boasts 6 dramatic stained glass windows and is a rare combination of 1890’s Gothic architecture and Byzantine decoration reminiscent of Orthodox churches across Greece.

The parishioners of Annunciation extend to all festival guests the familiar Greek hospitality while preparing and serving-up this year’s specially selected festival menu including freshly prepared gyros and souvlaki hot off the barbecue grill. Traditional homemade Greek desserts including, loukoumades (honey puffs) prepared hot to order, are available to eat at the festival or to take home for later.

Directions to the Upper West Side: Take the 1, 2, or 3 subway to West 96th Street.