BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - The ribbon was cut shortly before noon kicking off the festival season for the summer.
First up the annual Buffalo Greek Festival and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was dressed for the occasion.
"buffalo is blessed to be a very diverse city with many diverse populations," said Brown. "We really come together in this community to celebrate each others culture and heritage."
The corner of Delaware and Utica is the place to be for authentic Greek food from pitas to chicken souvlaki and how about the saganaki?
"Saganaki is fried cheese over a flame," said Lou Pozantides, Chair Publicity for Greek Fest 2012. "And whenever the flame goes up we yell OPA!!! And people enjoy the 3 types of cheeses on the pita bread."
and of course an array of desserts.
"Baklava, rice pudding or the loukoumades are the honey balls," said Pozantides
Don't forget to walk through the stores inside the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation where they are selling Greek art and jewelry. The church itself is an architectural gem in the queen city even after destroyed by fire six years ago.
"Lot of the stain glass windows that you see along side of the church were destroyed in the fire," said Pozantides. "They are all brand new and all symbolize different saints throughout the time and history of the orthodox faith."
So don't let the rain spoil the party. The music is rocking, the beer is flowing and people of all ages are having a grand old time.
"You don't have to be Greek you can be anybody just come out and dance and enjoy the food.Be Greek for the weekend," said Pozantides.
The Greek festival runs until midnight tonight, from 11am until midnight on Saturday and noon until 9pm on Sunday.