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Hellenism celebrates Independence Day in New York

As organizers expected, literally thousands of Greek-Americans and guests gathered in New York City’s grand Fifth Avenue to take part in the annual Greek parade and to celebrate Greek Independence on Sunday, April 10.

The parade celebrated the 195th anniversary of Greek Independence, in 1821, and the achievements of the Greek American community.

The parade was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. This 78th annual Greek Parade took off from 64th street and continued to 79th Street.

The Greek Independence Day Parade is an annual celebration of Hellenic identity and commemoration, through which all Greek Americans and Greek expats express and promote their culture and achievements to the world.

The Greek government was represented by Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas.

This year the parade honored Alex 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, the famous Evzones, also traveled to New York City to march at the event.

The Greek Independence Day Parade has become n va New York City traditional event. It has taken place since 1938, and since 1951 it has been taking place on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.