New Orleans Greek Fest adds extra night of festivities on Thursday

The New Orleans Greek Festival adds another night for an early taste of Greek festivities on Thursday night, festival organizers announced on Tuesday.

Organizers say they decided to add a “soft opening” on Thursday due to weather concerns for Memorial Day weekend. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and admission is $5. All sales Thursday night will be cash-only; however, an ATM will be available on site.

Festival-goers will be able to purchase items that are typically served inside the Hellenic Cultural Center. Vegan and Vegetarian plates, the traditional Greek dinner, salads, pastries, wines and ouzo, lamb to-go. The Greek Grocery will all be available for those who want to visit early. There will be no live entertainment Thursday evening.

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Greek Fest will continue its traditional schedule and festivities this weekend.

“We are encouraging everyone to come out Thursday night and enjoy many of the Festival’s outstanding offerings including lamb, pastries, our dinner plate, Greek cheeses, salads, homemade bread, our new vegan and vegetarian plates, and lots of appetizers,” said Greek Fest co-chair Gail Psilos in a statement.

The festival grounds will be open, canoe rides available, and the Athenian Playground ready to go, along with shopping, church tours, live music and dancing and outdoor food booths. The festival will also have ponchos available for sale for a potential rain threat.

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