New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted the annual Greek Independence Day reception at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 1st, acknowledging the huge impact of Greek people in the City.
In his welcoming remarks, the Mayor praised the Greek American community for its contributions to New York City.
“We celebrate 194 years of Greek independence and the incredible – the incredible role that Greece has played in the world and that the Greek-American community has played here in New York City – long, long, deep ties between the U.S. and Greece, New York City and Greece,” said Mayor de Blasio who was also an honorary guest of the Greek parade on Fifth Avenue on Sunday.
“Greece is the birthplace of democracy, and we today benefit from the contributions of Greece to the world. Let’s celebrate today this strong and vibrant community here in New York City, but let’s celebrate what Greece has done for the whole world as well.”
Archbishop Demetrios and many prominent Greek Americans were invited by the Mayor to attend the annual the event which started at 6.45pm on April 1st.