George M. Logothetis, Executive Chairman of Libra Group, has been named Grand Marshal for New York’s Greek Independence Day Parade to be held on Sunday, April 30.
The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York announced that as part of the weekend’s festivities, Logothetis will also deliver the keynote address at the Federation’s New York Hilton Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 29.
“As a proud Greek-American, it is an honor to be named a Grand Marshal for New York’s Greek Independence Day Parade”, said Logothetis.
“Today and every day, I am proud to celebrate my Hellenic roots and applaud the outstanding contributions to business, democracy, and culture that Greece and Greek-Americans continue to bring to the U.S. and beyond.”
Greek Independence Day Parade parallel events
Since 1938, the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City has commemorated the Anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence on March 25th, 1821.
The annual event, a celebration of Hellenic identity, culture, and achievements in the world, is organized and hosted by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York – a non-profit organization committed to fostering an appreciation of Greek-American heritage and achievement.
Parallel parade events will include:
An Official Welcoming of the Hellenic Presidential Guard (Evzones) with a Doxology Officiated by H.E. Archbishop Elpidophoros at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at Ground Zero on April 28 at 11 am followed by a mini Parade to the Bowling Green Park in Manhattan for the Raising of the Greek flag at 1 pm.
Raising of the Greek and the American flags at Athens Square Park in Astoria on Saturday, April 29, at 12 noon in the presence of the Presidential Guard, the Evzones.
The Parade Gala on Saturday, April 29, at 7 PM at the New York Hilton Hotel in honor of Parade Grand Marshals and Honorary Grand Marshals.
This year’s Greek Independence festivities will also honor John Catsimatidis, Chairman and CEO of Red Apple Group and Parade Chairman Emeritus; Ernie Anastos, renowned TV news anchor and host of Positively Ernie on WABC-AM News Radio and 2010 Parade Grand Marshal; the Honorable George Tsunis, U.S. Ambassador to Greece and 2014 Parade Grand Marshal; and George Dalaras, internationally renowned musician and singer, as well as Past Parade Grand Marshal.
George Logothetis, the Grand Marshal of the parade
George M. Logothetis is the Executive Chairman of Libra Group, a privately-owned global business group with assets and operations across nearly 60 countries.
At the age of 19, Logothetis became CEO of his family’s company, Lomar Shipping, which had three vessels at that time. The shipping business was grown into a more modern and diversified 55-vessel fleet over 10 years, after which Logothetis founded Libra Group in 2003 at the age of 28.
Today, Libra Group includes 30 operating entities: 20 businesses predominately focused on aviation, energy, maritime, real estate, hospitality, and diversified industries, as well as 10 independently-run social initiatives that are part of Libra Philanthropies.
The Group’s social initiatives provide opportunities across the globe to support human potential. One of these initiatives is the Seleni Institute, a New York-based, independent non-profit maternal mental health institute founded by Logothetis and his wife Nitzia.
Logothetis is Co-Chairman of the Leadership Council of Concordia; a member of the Board of Directors of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance; a member of the American Democracy Month Council’s Board of Directors; and an Advisory Board Member of the Genius 100 Foundation.