New York, NY – April 12, 2017 – Festival of Greek Culture and Heritage set for Saturday, May 6, 2017 11am to 7 pm.
Come celebrate the Greek in all of us! The Parish Community of Annunciation Greek Orthodox church hosts its annual Greek Festival just off Broadway on West 91st St. between West End Ave. and Riverside Drive.
Experience the wonderful sights, sounds, and delicious smells that beckon you to the beautiful Greek Isles. This spectacular one-day Greek Festival is a wonderful family event that draws thousands of visitors from across the tristate area. Come dance in the streets as West 91st Street transforms into a Greek “plaka” (central plaza) for the day. Now an Upper West Side tradition for families and singles alike, our annual Greek Festival features traditional homemade foods, a special activities area just for the kids, continuous Greek Bouzouki music with dancing in the streets, and an afternoon demonstration by our costumed 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 (L.C. Tiffany and Benjamin Sellars) and is a rare combination of 1890’s Gothic architecture and Byzantine decoration reminiscent of Orthodox churches across Greece.
In this our 125th Anniversary year, the parishioners of Annunciation extend to all festival guests their traditional 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.
To get to the Upper West Side, take the 1, 2, or 3 subway to West 96th St.