Mediterranean Festival in La Crosse brings celebration of culture, heritage

The annual festival marked its 48th year in 2022.

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A historic La Crosse church is showcasing their heritage with the return of an in-person celebration.

The St. Elias Mediterranean Festival took place Sunday afternoon at the Orthodox Church on Copeland Avenue.

The celebration showcased a range of cultures from around the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Europe.

That included live music and dancing, food, and tours of the church.

It’s the first time the event has been in person since 2019, and church leaders are thrilled to welcome the community back.

“We do the event for a couple of reasons. One is just to be a part of the community and kind of have an outreach for our church. And also just let us know that we’re part of La Crosse and its traditions and its culture,” Jacob Klatte, St. Elias Mediterranean Festival co-chair, said.

The annual festival, which started as a community picnic, marked its 48th year in 2022.

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