The ceremony of raising the Greek flag at Bowling Green, Manhattan, was celebrated on Friday, April 12, as part of the official events celebrating Greek Independence.
The highlight of the ceremony was the presence of the Evzones of the Presidential Guard and the famous Mantzaros Philharmonic band of Corfu, who will also take part in the annual parade on New York 5th Avenue on Sunday, April 14th.
Flag raising @ Bowling Green! So proud to be Greek! Ζήτω η Ελλάδα! Ζήτω ο Ελληνισμός! Thank you Mantzaros Filarmonic society for this wonderful mysic! #Greece #celebrate #GreekparadeNY pic.twitter.com/23oCBdSb6i
— Greek Consulate NY (@GreeceinNewYork) April 12, 2019
The parade celebrates the 198th anniversary of Greek Independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Led by Grand Marshal George M. Marcus, this year’s parade will have over 40 floats and almost 100 different organizations showcasing their Greek pride as they make their way north from 64th Street to 79th Street.