The 12th Annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade in Detroit, MI
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This Year’s Highlights: The Grand Opening of the Hellenic Museum of Michigan and the local Greek Dance Groups from throughout Michigan, Toledo and Windsor to Perform!
The Greek Community of Metropolitan Detroit will celebrate their 12th Annual Greek Independence Day on Sunday, April 14, 2013, with a parade in downtown Detroit. The parade will start at 3:00 p.m. and will proceed on Monroe St. from Woodward Ave. to the heart of Detroit’s Historic Greektown. The parade will be led by Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit, George Reganis, the Detroit Greek Parade President and Grand Marshal this year and the 2013 Hellenic Heritage Award Recipients. “Each year the Greek Community awaits for this annual parade with great anticipation, excitement and pride. It is a demonstration of the legacy of Hellenism and the preservation of the Greek culture”, said Metropolitan Nicholas. Dignitaries including representatives of local, state and federal government will also join these officials.
Prior to the parade, a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Cathedral, 707 East Lafayette Blvd. in Greektown.
The weekend festivities begin on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., with the Grand Opening and dedication of the Hellenic Museum of Michigan (www.hellenicmi.org). Exhibits of the history of Greektown and the immigration story of the Greek- American will be featured. A gala reception will follow at 6:30 pm. at the Detroit Institute of Arts with strolling dinner, tours of Greek Gallery, entertainment and presentation of the Hellenic Heritage Awards. The 6th Annual Hellenic Heritage Awards will recognize those individuals who are contributing members of the community and have achieved exemplary distinction in strengthening the foundation of their faith and culture. They are George Dimopoulos, Diane Edgecomb, Phillip Frangos, Dr. Steve Tsangalias and Dr. Tsiatlas. Greektown Merchants Association will be honoring business owners Ted Gatzaros and Zoe and Gus Anton posthumously and founding members and Trustees of the Hellenic Museum will be recognized: Jim Papas, His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, Paul Masseron, Dr. Kenneth Walters, Dr. Jim Jacobs and Effie Weinberg.
Tours of the Museum, music and dancing will continue throughout the evening. The Hellenic Museum, the former Scherer House and Children’s Museum, is located right in the heart of the Midtown Cultural Center at 67 E. Kirby, across from The DIA. The Museum will preserve the heritage and the legacy of extraordinary Greek Americans who immigrated to Michigan and will present the Hellenic history, culture, art and traditions to the entire community. Proceeds from Saturday’s events will go towards the support of the Hellenic Museum for future programs and current renovations.
Also participating in the parade will be over 40 marching units representing Greek Orthodox churches, cultural organizations, dance groups in colorful ethnic dress and area college student organizations from metropolitan Detroit and nearby communities including Windsor, Toledo, Flint, Saginaw, Ann Arbor and Lansing.
After the parade, a short program will be held near the end of the parade route. The American, Greek and Canadian national anthems will be sung symbolizing the strong unity of the three countries. Metropolitan Nicholas will offer prayers and remarks on Greek Independence Day. Area college leaders will represent their Greek studies departments.
Local Youth Dance groups performing a variety of Greek dances over the two-day celebration will represent the various regions of Greece. Performing will be: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Grand Blanc, Aristotle Hellenic Academy, Holy Cross Church, Farmington Hills, Hellenic Dance Company, Holy Trinity Church, Toledo, Hellenic Society For the Performing Arts, Kyklos Hellenic Society Dancers, Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Plymouth, Nisiotes Dancers, Omega Dancers, St. Nicholas Church, Troy, Pseloretes Cretan Dancers of Detroit, REVMA Dancers, St. Nicholas Church, Ann Arbor, Terpsichore Dancers, Windsor, Ontario and the Yassoo Dancers.
Greek musical ensembles will perform the melodic music of Greece and the Greektown Merchants and restaurants look forward to hosting the many visitors expected to attend the celebration. The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade was revived in 2001, after an absence of over 30 years. It is managed by the Detroit Greek Independence Day Committee which is a non-profit corporation. Committee members work year long in preparation for the parade and represent Hellenic organizations and churches throughout this region.
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