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Join the fun June 9-12 as the Texas Folklife Festival celebrates its 34th year

(May 25, 2005)--Now in its 34th year, the Texas Folklife Festival celebrates the diverse and colorful cultures of the Lone Star State Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.

At the Institute of Texan Cultures' premier event in downtown San Antonio, Texas Folklife Festival visitors can savor the flavors of more than 150 foods prepared by 40 ethnic groups and enjoy music and traditional dance on 10 entertainment stages, artisan demonstrations, carnival rides and fun for the whole family.

Pictured are the Parea Hellas Greek Folk Dancers of Houston performing a traditional Greek folk dance at the Texas Folklife Festival. Visitors can see the group perform again this year.

Many Greeks immigrated to Texas between 1890 and 1920 because of war and poverty. They settled in cities and formed small communities centered around church and society. Greek immigrants often worked as sailors, merchants and fishermen. Greek wedding ceremonies often lasted for 10 days and often included expensive dowries.

At TFF, there will be a variety of Greek foods for sale including gyros and baklava prepared by members of the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the Texas Folklife Festival Web site or call (210) 458-2390.

--Tina Luther

 

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