Evzones Turn Heads at Greek Independence Day Parade in New York

The Greek National Guard, also known as Evzones, in New York’s 5th Ave, April 22. Photo by Alexandros Ammohostianos

Thousands of Greeks gathered at the iconic Fifth Ave in New York City to attend the annual Greek parade in honor of Greece’s Independence on Sunday April 22.

Photo by Alexandros Ammohostianos

The parade began at the corner of 63rd Street and 5th Avenue and the participants marched to 79th Street. The parade attended several bands and floats along with hundreds Greek organizations such as schools, communities, associations and federations.

Photo by Alexandros Ammohostianos

The Greek Independence Day Parade is the largest gathering of Greek-Americans living outside Greece and has been an important tradition since 1938. It is a parade dedicated to the shared values between Greece and the U.S. and is a day of remembrance, honor and inspiration for all Greek-Americans.

Photo by Alexandros Ammohostianos

The parade is organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, a non-profit organization established in 1938 and comprised of over 200 groups in the New York City area. Representing societies from over 100 regions in Greece, its aim is to preserve and promote Greek culture and heritage through cultural events and programs.