Catherine Hatzigiannakis, 16, has danced for 5 years in the same group, and added from her Greek heritage she loves the dances and the food the best.
The spotlighted organization this year was Cleveland Clinic.
The festival honored Greeks at the annual Lorain International Breakfast, on June 20, at DeLuca’s Place in the Park, Lorain.
This year’s Band Concert at Veteran’s Park, featured more Greek music, but the rain caused its location to be moved to the Lorain Palace Civic Theatre.
The festival also featured the Heritage of Sacred Music concert, on June 21, at The Lorain Palace Civic Theatre that showcased plenty of songs of worship and praise from local congregations with an “International” flair.
As tradition holds, this year the Greeks were spotlighted at the annual Spotlight Nationality Cultural Night, on June 22, at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Lorain.
On Sunday, June 26, thousands lined up along Broadway Avenue to watch the parade that featured marching bands, dance troupes, and former and reigning princesses.
And the cherished annual Princess Pageant took place June 23 at the Palace Theatre.
This year’s winning royalty include:
The 2011 Lorain International Festival Queen, Slovak Princess Kaitlyn Knick; First Runner-Up Sara Andrews, Hungarian princess; Second Runner-Up Chloe DeAngelis, Italian princess; and Third Runner-Up Hannah Congelio, Italian princess. There were 22 princesses competing this year.
Kaitlyn Knick, 18, this year's Queen, said “It’s amazing. It still hasn’t completely sunk in yet.” She was working the Kid’s Cafe with Andrews at the festival on Friday. At the pageant, Knick danced the Polka with three other girls during the talent show segment. Andrews, 18, did the Hungarian Pillow Dance with three others. Knick and her court will be representing Lorain for a year at area festivals.
Knick and Andrews both graduated this spring from Marion L. Steele High School, and both plan to attend college. Knick plans to attend the University of Findlay for pharmacy. Knick, like Andrews, said this was her second year participating in the pageant, and advises other girls to keep trying if on the first try they do not succeed. “Look where it got me,” Knick said.
To see La Prensa’s video coverage of the Lorain International Festival events and parade see online: http://www.youtube.com/user/LaPrensaWeekly
See a Ingrid Rivera slideshow of the International Festival at: