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Pandemic? Cleveland’s Greek Festival Back Again, Opa Hoopla!

The raging COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 made the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland go to a drive-through affair, but this year it's back to the business of Greek food, dancing and culture.

The 64th annual event will be Aug. 19-22 although there will be social distance requirements in effect, which might be tough as people gather and try to enjoy it.

“We are happy to be back in person this year and to share our culture, friendship and great food with our friends in Northeast Ohio,” Parish Council President and Festival Chairperson Marguarite Stephanopoulos said, reported Cleveland.com.

“We are returning with an in-person festival, but are taking precautions for safety in light of COVID. We invite our friends and neighbors to attend, and ask [that] they wear masks when not dining,” she said.

“We’re looking to make this safe, with plenty of room for people to be able to take their meals and eat outside, if they want to, and have an enjoyable time in a safe manner,” said Parish Council Vice President George Stamatis adding that there will be indoor and outdoor tents.

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