Boston Celebrates Greek Independence Day with Grand Parade (photos)

Thousands of Greeks turned out in Boston to participate and attend the annual Greek Independence Day Parade which took place in the Back Bay on Sunday.

Marchers gathered on Boylston Street and proceed on Boylston Street at Exeter Street, Charles Street, and ended at the Boston Common.

Hundreds of children wearing traditional costumes walked amid scores of families in the Back Bay waving Greek flags and celebrating the 24th annual Greek Independence Day Parade of Boston.

The event was an occasion for Greek-Americans to look back at their ancestors’ long fight for freedom after hundreds of years of Ottoman occupation.

This year, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was selected to be one of the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshals.

“I was most certainly honored and humbled to be named an Honorary Grand Marshall at this year’s parade. We’re fortunate to have a strong, vibrant Greek community in our city and I was flattered to be included in today’s celebration,” Evans said.

Commissioner Evans is seen marching with Mike Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts, just the second Greek-American governor in U.S. history.