Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade 2013
by Georgia Vavas
Spectators from across the Mid-Atlantic region gathered in Baltimore’s officially designated Greektown to enjoy the Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade honoring our ancestors’ sacrifices to preserve the ideals of Freedom and Democracy. This day marked the 192nd Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, when our forefathers declared freedom from nearly 400 years of Ottoman Turkish occupation.
Fifty-eight groups marched in the parade including Greek and American government officials, various Greek Orthodox Church groups, media personalities, children and adults in colorful ethnic Greek costumes, Greek Orthodox clergy, and twenty-five of Baltimore’s own “Evzones” – Greek Honor Guard.
Among the dignitaries who attended this year’s parade were Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, retired U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, and Baltimore City Deputy Mayor and this year’s Grand Marshal Kaliope Parthemos. Representing the Greek Embassy were Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos, Col. Evangelos Papadopoulos, Defense Attache and Dr. Antonios Marmarinos, Counselor for Education. Representing the Embassy of Cyprus was Consular Neofitos Konstandinou.
Congratulations to the Parade Committee Chairman George Stakias, Co-Chairman Dino Frangos and the dedicated Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade Committee for their hard work and leadership in making this year’s event a huge success. For more information, please visit the parade’s official website www.greekparade.com