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Greek Community Ready for the Parade on 5th Avenue

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. This year the parade will be held Sunday April 18, 2010.

The Greek government will be represented by vice minister of Foreign Affairs Spyros Kouvelis, while it is expected the Cypriot government to be represented by a cabinet member. In addition 8 members of the Greek Parliament are expected to attend.

This year’s stellar Grand Marshalls include Greek-American leader Philip Christopher, news anchor Ernie Anastos and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos
who is an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan (since 1988), author (Thieves of Baghdad), and a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

John Catsimatidis, Parade Chairman Emeritus, stated, “The Parade just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Estimates are well over 250,000 spectators watched the parade from street level last year and we used every available float in the tri-state New York area. One of the most heartening things about the Parade progress is the number of children’s groups who have joined the march. Their day will always remain a fond memory and ensure Greek Independence Day Parades far into the future.”

The annual Greek Independence Day Parade, which is commemorating the 189th Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence, March 25th 1821, has become a New York City traditional event. Since 1938, it has attracted a vast number of New York participants, and since 1951 we have been celebrating it on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

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