40 Greek Associations March in Boston’s Greek Independence Day Parade

40 Greek associations will march in Boston’s Greek Independence Day Parade on April 22. To organize the march, a meeting of 37 Greek expatriates took place yesterday at the Maliotis Cultural Centre.

Attending the meeting were representatives of local Greek associations and clubs. After announcing this year’s participations, they chose which associations will be first in row to march.

12 Hellenic associations, followed by seven floats, are going to march. 21 Church Communities with four floats, including that of the Evangelical Church, and seven Greek student associations of different colleges, will also take part. Additionally, eight marching bands will be among the participants, as well as the Federation of Greek Expatriate Evzones, which consists of 18 people.

Masters of the ceremony include Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Metropolitan Methodios, and Olympic Champion Pirros Dimas.

Besides the importance of the march, the attendees discussed the burning issue of SS Constantine and Helen Church of Webster, Massachusetts. The ex-president of the Pan-Macedonian Association of USA, Athanasios Voulgaropoulos, first mentioned the topic since Reverend Lukas Veronis continues to suspend Albanian, Russian and Serbian flags outside the church. “The priest tried to suspend the flag of FYROM, too,” commented Voulgaropoulos.