You don’t need a passport to get a taste of authentic Greece this weekend.

West Broadway will be shut down on Sunday for Vancouver’s annual Greek Day, a daylong street party featuring all things Hellenic.

Jenny Sior, spokesperson for the event, said organizers try to make the family-friendly event as authentic as possible.

“Greek Day prides itself on being one of the best ethnic festivals in Vancouver,” she said.

There will be cooking demonstrations, food vendors, artisans making and selling Greek crafts, folklore and musical entertainment, and World Cup broadcasting.

New additions this year include an Athenian marketplace, where small vendors dressed in traditional Greek clothing will be bartering their goods.

There’s also a souvenir photo tent where visitors can take a photo of themselves in front of the Acropolis.

“We’ve brought in the Sea To Sky Super Paradise Disco, similar to what you’d find at the beach bars at Super Paradise (beach),” added Sior, where local DJs will be spinning Euro-house music and Greek dance remixes.

Sior said organizers are expecting as many as 90,000 visitors, who will have the chance to win one of three trips to Greece.

“Rain or shine will not keep us from dancing in the street,” Sior said.

Greek Day runs from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from Greek Day will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.

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