The Hellenic Federation of Northern California decided to cancel this year’s established March 25th parade in San Francisco.
After a sudden plenary session, the Confederation decided that the event scheduled to be held at the Auditorium of San Francisco’s Town Hall will take place but not the parade before it.
The reasons behind this decision are the current economic and political developments in Greece. According to the Federation’s President, Mr. Theodoros Laliotis, the members of the body did not deem it appropriate to parade this year in San Francisco, while thousands of people in Greece are being plagued by unemployment, hunger and homelessness.
Mr. Laliotis pointed out that the money that would be spent to organize the parade will now be invested in informing and mobilizing the Greek Community in the US to support the Greek people in any possible way.
The Federation’s note mentions that the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco also agrees with the Federations’ decision and will contribute to its efforts.
Moreover, Mr. Laliotis expressed his pride that such a decision was taken while he is President of the Federation, and hopes that this initiative will be followed by other federations and Greek-American organizations.