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The Annual Greek Festival at Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN – The Annual Greek Festival of the Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen in Brooklyn runs from June 3-9, with the youth taking over the organizational role again this year.

The thousands of visitors enjoy a wide variety of traditional Greek foods and sweets, the Greek music and dancing, and the shopping in the open-air market.

Presiding priest Fr. Evagoras Constantinides spoke to The National Herald and thanked the youth of the community and the 200 volunteers, members of all the community organizations, who are working tirelessly this year for the organization and success of the festival.

He added: “We are delighted to welcome visitors to Brooklyn’s largest festival. So many residents of the wider area, of all nationalities, can’t wait for it to start to enjoy our fresh and delicious food. Their response is huge and this is an honor for us and makes us particularly happy. It’s a beautiful opportunity to see each other, to celebrate together.”

A group of volunteers at the Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral Greek Festival in Brooklyn, left to right: Popi Gavala, Panagiota Paravalos, Sofia Alexiou, Voula Paloumbis, Constantine Paravalos, and Christos Argyriou. Photo: TNH/Michael Kakias

Parish Council President Constantine Paravalos invited all the Greek community to attend and congratulated everyone for the perfect cooperation they had for weeks to make everything perfect, with the proceeds, as he said, going towards the church’s operating expenses and all its programs.

The organizers of the festival, Maria Tampakis, Christos Argyriou and Gregory Poulon, said that everyone participated in the preparations with great enthusiasm and willingness to help their beloved church. “A. Fantis School graduates, current students, teachers, the school council, parents association, everyone is contributing their best,” they added.

Philoptochos Society President Lambrini Gementzopoulos noted that the members made the sweets, baklava, galaktoboureko, kourambiedes, melomakarona, koulourakia, karydopita, ravani, diples, helped in cooking, serving, and wherever else they were needed.

Popi Gavala, a member of the parish for 64 years, responsible for the tiganites, Greek pancakes, together with Voula Paloumbis, noted that she learned the recipe from her mother and now it’s time to pass on the culinary secrets to the younger generations.

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