Thousands of Greek-Americans and guests gathered in New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue to attend the annual Greek parade and celebrate Greek Independence on Sunday, April 10.
The parade celebrates the 195th anniversary of Greek Independence and the achievements of the Greek American community.
Organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, the 78th annual Greek Parade started on 64th street and continued to 79th Street.
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 was represented by Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas. Among the parade’s honorees were Alek Scarlatos, who prevented a terrorist attack on a French train last year, as well as leader of Greek Opposition New Democracy party Kiriakos Mitsotakis. The Presidential Guard of Greece also traveled to New York City to join in hundreds of Greek-American organization representatives and march at the event.
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.