The ‘East Village is Back’ for the 39th Annual Ukrainian Festival

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 at 9:34 am by

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NYC professional Ukrainian Dancers, Syzokryli, greet the audience Photo: St. George’s Ukrainian Church

Today kicks off the 39th annual St. George Ukrainian Festival, which has been appropriately parlayed into another festival of sorts – “The East Village Is Back!” celebration.

After the devastating fire that shook the community back in March, the East Village Independent Merchants Association, the Lower East Side History Month, and St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church have conjoined, so to speak, and they’re making Jimmy’s No. 43 the official “clubhouse” of the weekend happenings. It’s another way to pointedly support local business as it continues to rebuild in the wake of tragedy.

Drop by for meet and greets, great beers, cocktail demos and more, as we celebrate our recovery and growth. Also be sure to share your own #LESstories about your memories in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The St. George Orthodox Church Ukrainian Festival on East 7th Street is celebrating the bouncing back of the East Village by featuring vendors selling traditional Ukrainian fare, such as Veselka and the East Village Meat Market, LES History Month arts group Fourth Arts Block and others, and a full weekend of programming with traditional Ukrainian dancers, singers and artisans.

With regards to Jimmy’s No. 43, there’s some interesting local history behind the watering hole and its brews, of which they’ll be chatting about throughout the weekend. The party starts today and runs through Sunday, May 17. Click here for more details.

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