Need plans for the weekend? The Greek Independence Day Parade returns to Manhattan on April 22nd. Bring out your blue and white, for the commemoration of the 197th Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence. Organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York (FHSGNY), the parade will present an afternoon of marching bands, history, and culture.
The parade celebrates Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire, but it is also a celebration of Hellenic culture. Many people from around the world come to attend the largest gathering of Greek-Americans outside of Greece itself, with up to 150,000 spectators and 25,000 participants. The parade first took place in NYC in 1938, and has been held annually since 1951. Along with organizing the parade, the FHSGNY is also responsible for many philanthropic endeavors, providing opportunities to many Greek-American students through various scholarship and grant programs.
The parade will take place on 5th Avenue at 64th Street and continue to 79th Street on the Upper East side of Manhattan. For more information, visit the official site here.City, Pan Am Equities, PanAm, Things To Do, World