There are lots of things to do in New Orleans for Memorial Weekend 2011. Fabulous parades, museums, jazz concerts, and of course enjoying great Creole/Cajun food at our world class restaurants.
But above all of these, is our favorite during that weekend and one of the favorites of our guests here at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast. It’s the Greek Festival on Bayou St. John not far from City Park and the French Quarter, featuring fantastic Greek food offerings, live music concerts and plenty of Greek culture.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral at 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd is the host location of the event. This Byzantine Cathedral was established in 1866, and was the very first Greek Orthodox Church in the country.
We love this event because there is so much to do. There are tours of the cathedral, the Hellenic dancers on stage all afternoon, an authentic Greek band, and lots of booths with everything from Roasted Spring Lamb from the rotisserie to frozen Greek Yogurt and Baklava. We just can’t get enough of the Fried Calamari and the salads with feta cheese, olives and imported Greek Oregano.
For fun and some calorie burning, you can challenge yourself on the event’s climbing wall, or paddle your way through Bayou St. John in a rented canoe.
A $5 admission fee will admit you to the festival, operating daily: May 27- 29, 2011; Friday from 5-11 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am 9 pm.
If you’ve never tried authentic Greek food, here’s your chance while visiting a New Orleans bed and breakfast. As they exclaim in Greece at a wild soccer game…..”Opa! Opa!” It’s equivalent of our “Who Dat” here in New Orleans. Loosely translated, it means “you go.” And we suggest ‘you go” to the Greek Festival this Memorial weekend.