The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, the organizing committee for the Greek parade on Fifth Avenue, has announced that the largest Greek event in the U.S. honoring Greek Independence and Greek Americans will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
This year marks the 77th year that the Greek Parade will take place on New York’s famous Fifth Avenue, starting on 64th street at 1:45 p.m. and continuing to 79th Street.
There will be a number of events that are open to the public preceding the parade including the Annual Greek and American Flag Raising at 1:00 p.m. at the Bowling Greek Park on Friday, March 27th.
The event organizers have called all Greek New Yorkers to show up at the event hoping to gather more than 100,000 participants and spectators.
The event commemorates the 194th anniversary of Greece’s independence after 400 years of Turkish Ottoman rule on March 25, 1821.
The Greek Independence Day Parade is an annual celebration of Hellenic identity and commemoration, through which all Hellenes can express and promote their culture and achievements to the world.
The Greek government will be represented by Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos and other government and military officials. The Presidential Guard of Greece will also travel to New York City to join in hundreds of Greek-American organization representatives and march at the event.
This year’s stellar Grand Marshals include New York Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Calamos of Calamos Investments and Mr. and Mrs. John Psaras.
John Catsimatidis, Parade Chairman Emeritus, stated: “The Parade just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Estimates of well over 250,000 spectators watched the parade from street level last year and we used every available float in the tri-state New York area. One of the most heartening things about the Parade progress is the number of children’s groups who have joined the march. Their day will always remain a fond memory and ensure Greek Independence Day Parades far into the future.”
The annual Greek Independence Day Parade has become a New York City traditional event. Since 1938, it has attracted a vast number of New York participants, and since 1951 it has been taking place on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.