A Weekend of Greek Festivals

The 41st Annual Greek Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Hicksville, Long Island (Screen shot via video from The National Herald)

Greek communities on Staten Island and Long Island each held weekend-long festivals from Sept. 8 through 10 with traditional performances and cuisine. The National Herald covered both events, which took place at the local Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

On Staten Island, thousands turned out at the Holy Trinity-Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The Parish Council president and festival director, Tasos Anastas, told reporter Michalis Kakias that the “festival has grown to the largest in all Staten Island with thousands of people attending.”

In attendance was NYC mayoral candidate and Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, whose father came from Greece. She said:

“It is the only Greek church in Staten Island and we are all loved as a family. Celebratory events like this give us the opportunity to show our tradition, heritage, and culture all over the world.”

Meanwhile in Hicksville, Long Island, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church – “one of the most dynamic Greek communities of Long Island” – celebrated the 41st Annual Greek Festival. Reporter Demetris Tsakas spoke to Rev. Theofanis Papantonis.

(…) he said that it is the 41st festival organized by the community and is one of the most important cultural events, which is open to the wider American public and if anything, promotes Greece and its culture.

It is also one of the biggest fundraising events of the year. Its revenue will be earmarked to support the community’s educational and cultural programs.

See The National Herald’s stories on the Staten Island and Long Island festivals for videos and more details.

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