BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — Colorful, traditional costumes and ethnic pride of both young and old will fill the streets of Baltimore on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 2:00 PM, as the Greek-American Community commemorates Greek Independence Day with a festive parade in Baltimore’s historic Greektown.
We mark the 194th year since Greece’s declaration of independence from Ottoman Turkish rule. Greeks and Philhellenes gather on this solemn, yet joyous, occasion to remember our ancestors’ sacrifices in defeating the tyranny of slavery. They protected and preserved the ideals of Greece, the birthplace of Freedom and Democracy. Greek Independence Day is celebrated in every corner of the world and we bear the responsibilities as our Greek and Philhellenic forefathers did to further this legacy. We welcome one and all — especially, our children, inheritors of our traditions and future guarantors of these ideals.
In 2010, the Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade Committee, under the leadership of Emmanuel Matsos and George Stakias, brought the parade back to its roots, with the focus being on Hellenism. We believe that this change has made the parade a more enjoyable experience for participants and spectators alike.
The parade will feature dance groups in ethnic costumes, children groups, and Orthodox Clergy from the Baltimore-Washington area. These groups come from as far away as Ocean City, Hagerstown, and Frederick, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Falls Church and Fredericksburg, Virginia, as well as Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. Delicious ethnic food will also be available.
The parade route proceeds from Haven Street, up Eastern Avenue, turns right onto Ponca Street and ends two blocks past the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Fait Avenue.
Come and see why the September 2004 issue of Baltimore Magazine included the
Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade in their “101 Ways to be a True Baltimorean” list.
Read Greek Independence Day, 2009 “A Proclamation by the President of the United States”
“Spirit of America, Legacy of Greece, Freedom and Democracy for All!”
Honoring our ancestors’ sacrifices to preserve the ideals of Freedom and Democracy.
Commemorating the 195th Anniversary of Greek Independence, March 25, 1821