Our city is no stranger to parades and festivities. We honor traditions and cultures from all over the globe, celebrating them in a way that is woven into the fabric of our town. It’s what keeps our city breathing and thriving. The melting pot of people keeps us interested and people interesting. It’s why any given block has a multitude of cuisines. New York City is for all, and we are happy to honor everyone and celebrate their cultures; in a way that only New York can do.

So, with that, this weekend we celebrate the Greeks. Many of us know the culture for their beautiful beaches and delicious food. However, on Sunday, we celebrate the historic event of why we are able to enjoy everything the wonderful country has to offer.

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 the 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 Hellenic 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 attracts a great number of marchers and participants, who march the streets of New York wearing bright ethnic costumes and playing various musical instruments.

This is an event not to be missed and a perfect excuse to indulge in some Greek delicacies!