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Greek Independence Day parade in Boston attracts crowds after a pause forced by Covid

Children in traditional Evzones costumes of the Greek Presidential Guard stole the show.

The parade commemorating the Greek Independence Day of the United States is a very important issue for Greek-Americans, not only because of its emotional resonance, but also because it primarily symbolizes national unity.

Everyone from successful business people to families with toddlers, from politicians to housewives and grandmothers, participates in the parade. This is an event that takes months to prepare and a lot of consideration is given to who will be chosen to lead the ceremony.

The fact that a special license to hold a parade must be issued by state authorities does not necessarily mark the 25th anniversary of March, as was the case with the Greek parade held in Boston on May 1. Means that. It has a strong Greek presence, as in the case of New England as a whole. Like New York, Boston and other ports on the east coast of the United States received waves of thousands of immigrants across the Atlantic, and many of them remained settled there forever.

As always, children in traditional Evzones costumes of the Greek Presidential Guard stole the show at the May 1 parade attended by Mike Dukakis, who began his illustrious political career as Governor of Massachusetts. rice field.

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Minister of Justice Konstantinos Tsiaras (l) met with Michael Dukakis, Governor of Massachusetts and Democratic Presidential Candidate, in 1988.

The Greek province was represented by Justice Minister Costas Zialas and the Greek Consul General of Boston, Stratos Eftimiou, and Thessaloniki Rep. Dimitris Cuberas. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu was also present and wore a Greek flag-colored scarf presented by Athens counterpart Kostas Bakoyanis. The blue and white scarf was given to Wu during his recent visit to the Greek capital for the Athens Marathon.

Prior to the start of the 26th edition of the Greek Parade in Boston, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America performed a special service at the Greek Orthodox Church of Conception Announcement.

The sunny skies and mild temperatures have given the city’s Greek-Americans momentum. The annual event was postponed for two years due to the pandemic, and people wanted to get together for a celebration in the center of the city. The parade will take place in the center of Boylston Street, which is also part of the Boston Marathon Route.

The Messenia delegation was particularly pleased to welcome the mayor of Tanasis Vasiropros, the capital of the Peloponnese region, Kalamata.

Messenia and Laconia were one of the first regions in Greece to see a large outflow of immigrants to the United States, and their respective associations in the United States are one of the oldest regions. Indeed, Lowell in Karamata and Massachusetts have recently been named sister cities, but Athens and Boston will join next.

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu attended and wore a Greek flag-colored scarf.

https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/diaspora/1183693/greek-independence-day-parade-in-boston-draws-crowd-after-covid-enforced-hiatus/ Greek Independence Day parade in Boston attracts crowds after a pause forced by Covid

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