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New York: The heart of Hellenism beat in Manhattan

Featured New York: The heart of Hellenism beat in Manhattan

Hellenism of New York, like every year, celebrated the anniversary of the national rebirth with a grand parade in the heart of Manhattan.

Th heart of 5th Avenue beat with a Greek pulse with the Greek diaspora marching to the sounds of marching bands, playing marches like "Macedonia Xakousti".

This year's parade was dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of Cyprus.

"Turkish troops out of Cyprus," shouted our expatriates at the New York Parade.

The Greek diaspora in attendance
Dozens of expatriate organizations, communities, schools, associations and organizations of Hellenism and thousands of citizens dressed in national costumes and holding Greek flags in their hands filled the streets of New York with blue and white colors, giving a strong presence to the most emblematic event of diaspora Hellenism.

Everyone's eyes were drawn to the parade of the Euzones of the Presidential Guard who paraded proudly in perfect formation.

More than a hundred organizations participated in the parade with fifty-six floats and eleven philharmonics, among them the Old Philharmonic of Corfu which traveled to New York with ninety musicians to support the parade and the parallel events organized by the diaspora.

Who attended the eulogy?
Previously, a eulogy was held in the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Trinity under the patronage of Archbishop Elpidophoros and in the presence of the vice-president of the Hellenic Parliament Yiannis Plakiotakis, the president of SYRIZA Stefanos Kasselakis, the MEP of the New Democracy Vangelis Meimarakis, the MPs Filippos Fortomas, Nina Kassimatis, Theofilos Xanthopoulos, Milena Apostolaki, Rena Dourou, the ambassador of Greece in Washington Ekaterini Nasika, the Consul General of Greece in New York Dinos Konstantinos and the candidate for European Parliament of the New Democracy, Giorgos Aftias.

The master of ceremonies for this year's parade was the Minister of Defense, Nikos Dendias, who, however, due to the developments in the Middle East, hastily left for Greece on Saturday night.