This year, marked the 73rd year that the Greek Independence Day Parade took place on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue, starting at 64th and continuing to 79th Streets, , March 27, 2011.
New York City’s parade, the largest Greek parade in the country, was dedicated to the theme, “Visit Greece”, and was televised live on WWOR TV Channel 9, and anchored by Greek Americans Ernie Anastos, Nicole Petallides, and Nick Gregory.
The grand marshals included: The Congressional Hellenic Caucus, represented by the Caucus Chairs, Congress Members Carolyn Maloney and Gus Bilirakis; Mr. Demetris Kastanas, founder and President of NGTV, Dr. William Tenet, noted heart surgeon and brother of George Tenet.
The parade co-Chairmans and well-regarded businessmen, Mr. Philip Christopher, and Parade Chairman Emeritus, John Catsimatidis, welcomed the Elite Presidential Guard of Greece, the iconic ceremonial unit whose unique traditional uniform includes a kilt-like fustanella. The Evzones, known for their proven valour, have become a popular image especially among visitors.