Photo:Larissa Petruk, right, and the Barvinok dance troupe from Mississauga, Ontario, perform during the Ukrainian Festival in Irondequoit on Sunday.
IRONDEQUOIT — Hundreds of festival-goers stopped what they were doing to watch as dancers took the stage Sunday in red boots, black heels and swirling costumes.
The fourth and final day of the Ukrainian Festival at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Irondequoit drew large crowds even as temperatures soared into the upper 80s. All day, the kitchen pumped out varenyky (Ukrainian-style pierogi in melted butter), kovbasa (Ukrainian sausage) and holubtsi (cabbage rolls), among other traditional favorites.
The festival, in its 37th year, is the church’s biggest fundraiser, said festival Chairman Richard Pucher. About 20,000 people attend each year.
Pucher says the festival keeps Ukrainian traditions alive, shares these traditions with people who are not Ukrainian, and allows older parishioners to show off their expertise in such things as cooking and crafts.