Local radio station WWOZ steps in again to help keep a New Orleans festival tradition alive. The radio station will host “Greek Festing in Place” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.
Under different cirumstances, the 47th annual New Orleans Greek Festival would have attracted festival-goers to the banks of Bayou St. John for the Memorial Day weekend tradition.
Since Greek Fest organizers were forced to cancel the event because of COVID-19, WWOZ will help locals celebrate at home.
The radio station will broadcast a special tribute hosted by Cousin Dimitri, who will bring a mix of traditional and contemporary Greek music.
WWOZ will also share pictures from past Greek Fests, interesting historical facts and recipes for traditional Greek food and pastries via social media.
Similar to the virtual Jazz Festing in Place, the radio station encourages people to tune in, dance and try recipes.
“We look forward to the return of the New Orleans Greek Festival next year, but until then, we invite you Eat! Drink and Dance With WWOZ!” WWOZ said on its website.
Greek Fest organziers say they are hopeful the event will return next year.
“The Greek Fest committee would like to wish the New Orleans community well. Stay safe and healthy. We’re in this together, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021,” Greek Fest co-chair Gail Psilos said.
WWOZ also recently hosted a Mother’s Day tribute earlier this month featuring archived performances from Irma Thomas.
For more information about Greek Festing in Place, visit WWOZ.org.