On April 6th, Greeks flooded the streets of Boston to celebrate their heritage and Greece’s Independence from the Ottoman Empire. The largest Greek celebration in Boston, the Greek parade, marked it’s 20th anniversary with a theme: Philhellenism.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and Ambassador of Greece Christos Panagopoulos, who previously served as Consul General in Boston, were the grand marshals of the parade.
Mayor Walsh praised the Greek Diaspora saying “I have a lot of respect and love for the Greeks of Boston since I went to school with many Greek-Americans.”
“This is my first parade I have attended in my position as Mayor and I am happy that it is the Greek Parade,” said Mayor Walsh.
The Boston Evzones of the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of New England took part in the parade, along with many local Greek-American communities. The event included groups of students, floats and bands, and many children dressed in traditional Greek costumes from all over the New England region. The Parade’s downtown route was Boylston Street to Charles Street, and finished at Boston Commons.
A liturgy officiated by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston took place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception before the main event. Following the Parade, there was Greek music and Greek traditional dancing at the Parkman Bandstand.
A Dinner Gala honoring Dr. Evangelos George Geraniotis was held the night before at The Revere Boston Common Hotel.
Watch a video from the 2014 Greek Parade in Boston.