GREEKS IN NEW ORLEANS: 150 YEARS OF HOLY TRINITY

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GREEKS IN NEW ORLEANS: 150 YEARS OF HOLY TRINITY
Premieres on WYES-TV/Channel 12 on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm.


They have been in New Orleans since the mid-1700s with the earliest families named Dragon and Dimitry. As New Orleans grew, so did the Greek community.“150 Years of Holy Trinity New Orleans” highlights the history, milestones and achievements of Holy Trinity dating back to those first Greek pioneers in New Orleans in the 1700s.

They arrived looking for prosperity and a path in the New World. As they assimilated in New Orleans with no Orthodox Church, they felt a strong desire to preserve their Greek heritage, language and customs and practice their ancient faith. After years of wanting their own Church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral was established in New Orleans in 1864 after businessman and Royal Consul of the Royal Government of Greece Nicholas M. Benachi offered his personal property for a temporary church. In 1867, he sold a small parcel of property on North Dorgenois Street to the community that included a small church. The community eventually relocated to the present site on Robert E. Lee Boulevard, next to Bayou St. John. The Hellenic Cultural Center was built in 1980, and the new Cathedral was completed in 1985.

Today, the Cathedral serves the Greek Orthodox faithful throughout southern Louisiana, including more than 400 families from the greater New Orleans area, under the spiritual guidance of the Diocese of Atlanta (covering the southeastern United States), the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Church is also home to the annual Greek Festival, attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.

Producers: Christina Kogos and Laila Morcos Zissis
Directed by Jason Rhein/Elephant Quilt Productions


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New Orleans Greek Festival – Memorial Day Weekend
May 23, 24 & 25, 2015

Friday, May 23 — 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday, May 24 — 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday, May 25 — 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard • New Orleans, Louisiana
Entrance $7 • Children Under 12 Free

It’s a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in New Orleans! Be Greek for one weekend on the beautiful banks of Bayou St. John for the annual New Orleans Greek Festival. Tireless volunteers have been hard at work preparing old favorites and new additions! Join us for delicious food, delightful drinks, and entertainment the entire family will enjoy.
This year, our theme is everything kalamata! Opa!

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