Hellenic culture to be celebrated in Astoria
by Andrew Pavia
May 07, 2013 | 743 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print


It’s about that time again to celebrate Greek culture in Astoria.

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 30-11 30th Drive, is gearing up for its 39th Annual Greek Festival, which will take place from May 16-19.

The festival will feature a DJ playing both modern and traditional Greek music, and students from the parish school performinfg Greek folk dances in traditional costumes.

The church has been in Astoria, the world’s largest Greek community outside of Greece, since 1927. Today, it includes a Greek-American day school for grades pre-K through 12 and Greek afterschool language instruction.

The church also plays host to numerous athletic and social programs for children in the neighborhood. Sunday school for religious instruction in the Greek Orthodox religion is also offered.

“We’re delighted for the opportunity to share our proud Greek heritage with our neighbors,” said Archimandrite Nektarios Papazafiropoulous, the parish dean. “Visitors to the Saint Demetrios festival have a wonderful time while realizing the richness of Greek tradition. After all, there’s more to Hellenism than just soulvaki and baklava, although there’s plenty of that to be found here, too.”

There will also be carnival rides and games, as well as a flea market featuring a wide variety of items, including antiques.

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