SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This weekend’s celebration of Greek Heritage was officially acknowledged by the city of Springfield Thursday.

The 43rd festival begins at the Greek Cultural Center on St. George Road Friday with entertainment and traditional Greek food, music, and dancing. The event is from 5 – to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A crowd of people gathered on the sunny steps of City Hall Thursday afternoon to watch city officials and members of the Greek community raise the Greek flag in honor of this weekend’s festival. Organizers told 22News this year’s celebration will be even more meaningful, coming together post-pandemic.

“The importance of the Glendi festival is that we come together as one body. We are representing the North End of Springfield. We come together as the Greek community to offer the best of the best. This is the first time in two years that we actually have a three day event as it used to be, so it’s a great chance for us to get to know and see each other and I’m looking forward to that,” said Rev. Father Dionysios Koulianos of St. George Orthodox Cathedral.

Mayor Sarno also signed a proclamation Thursday honoring Springfield’s Greek community by making September 9-11 2022 Greek Heritage Week. The family-friendly event is famous for it’s food and Glendi dancers. It will tall take place at 22 St. George Road in Springfield.

Mayor Sarno states, “I am looking forward to celebrating with our Greek community by kicking off their iconic Glendi 2022 Festival with a special Greek flag raising ceremony here at City Hall.  I want to thank Father Dionysios Koulianos, Dean of St. George Cathedral, Liza Pappas, Xenophon Beake, and everyone from the Greek Cultural Center, the Glendi Committee and St. George Cathedral for their continued strength, belief, and investment in our Springfield.  Our beloved Springfield is richer because of our residents representing the Greek faith, culture and heritage.  I want to encourage everyone to come down to our Greek Cultural Center starting this Friday and enjoy the family fun entertainment and delicious food and wonderful music and dancing – my family and I have made this a yearly tradition – see you there!”