51st Annual Lebanese Festival

St. Raymond Cathedral | St. Louis, MO | Shelly Vitale

The community of Saint Raymond Maronite Cathedral in Saint Louis, Missouri, celebrated its 51stAnnual Lebanese Festival on Saturday, 15 September and Sunday, 16 September 2018. The rector of the cathedral, Fr. John Nahal celebrated the Liturgy prior to the event. The opening ceremonies began on Saturday with the National Anthem and welcoming remarks by Fr. John.  The wonderful two-day, outdoor festival drew visitors from near and far to enjoy delicious authentic Lebanese cuisine, and fun-filled activities including: live entertainment, provided by famous singer Doris & Band, dabkehperformances given by the Saint Raymond Youth, various magic shows provided by Elliot the Entertainer, The Razzle & Dazzle Show and the Oh My GoshJosh Show, balloon twisting demonstrations, booths and games.  Everyone enjoyed feasting on a wide array of delectable foods, dancing merrily to Lebanese music, and enjoying each other’s company.  A sincere thank you is extended to Fr. John Nahal and Chairpersons: David Wahby, Linda Hill and Elie Hleiss for all of their hard work.  The weekend would not have been such a great success without the loyal dedication of all the volunteers who labored tirelessly preparing food and working on the set up for the event and the generosity of the countless sponsors and donors who contributed to the event to ensure an enjoyable and profitable festival. 

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