NY -By Athina Krikeli
People holding Greek national flags attend the 193rd Greek Independence Day Parade on the Fifth Avenue of New York City, March 30, 2014.
The Greek Independence Day Parade has firmly assumed status as a NYC tradition and has been celebrated since 1938. The parade commemorates the Declaration of Greek Independence from Ottoman Empire on March 25, 1821. However, the parade in NYC is usually held on a different day. The parade runs along 5th Avenue from 64th to 79th Streets and is sponsored by the Federation of Hennenic Societies of Greater New York.
The parade is not just a tribute to the acclaimed political event; it is also a celebration of rich Hellenic cultural heritage and tradition. The parade is preceded by a month long celebration of Greek heritage organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies. The events include dinners, a White House gathering, a beauty pageant, City Hall celebrations, a ceremonial flag raising, numerous other events all leading up to the parade that commences at the Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue. The parade attracts a great number of marchers and participants, who march the streets of New York wearing bright ethnic costumes and playing various musical instruments.
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