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Boca’s huge Greek Festival opens Thursday

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Greek dancing and home-cooked food are the big draws at St. Mark Greek Festival Thursday through Sunday.  This is the 37th annual, so the festival is ready for crowds on tented church grounds.

More than 15,000 came out last year. For the kids, carnival rides are $1 each or $20 bracelet for 10 or more. There are beer, wine, and Greek beverages to sample for grownups. A Greek marketplace has art, crafts, jewelry, accessories, gifts and other imported items on sale.

Boca Voice stopped in for an assembly-line baking session. Some 4,500 cookies came out of the ovens last Tuesday alone, said Pam Parent, chairwoman of pastries. “We try new things every year, including chocolate baklava.” At least 90 percent of the food and 55 percent of the pastries are made by St. Mark volunteers, she added.

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Here’s a briefing on admission, hours, parking, church tours, dancing, marketplace and BMW car raffle.

·    St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church, south side of Yamato Road just west of Military Trail

·    Festival hours: 4-9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

·    Admission $5; 12 and younger free. Teachers, military, first responders, government employees free Thursday only with ID. No animals allowed, no exceptions

·    Parking: $10 on site; $20 VIP on site. Free parking and shuttles, Patch Reef Park, Spanish River Church, First Baptist Church. Free parking at St. David Armenian Church after p.m. Thursday and Friday and after 2 p.m. Sunday only.  Police and security on duty

·    Disabled drop-off only left of the church lot

·    Menu includes dining in or takeout

·    Dancing: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 9 p.m. Friday, to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, from 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Dancers range from children to adults. Audience participation encouraged after the performance.

·    Ongoing church tours of the sanctuary

·    $50 each raffle for BMW X2 series 18xx provided by BMW of Delray Beach

By Marci Shatzman

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