DETROIT, Mich. – The annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade celebrating Greece and Greek-American culture in Michigan, Ohio and Canada, is set for Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET in historic Greektown Detroit. The family-friendly parade features traditional Greek dancers and musicians, exciting floats by local schools and businesses, a variety of church and non-profit groups, collegiate groups, the Bloomfield Hills Police Honor Guard, mascots from Detroit sports teams, Archbishop of America Elpidoforos, and more.
Greek Independence Day is celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. More than 200 years ago, Greece declared independence from the Ottoman Empire, re-establishing freedom and democracy in the country. To observe this historic day, communities throughout the world hold parades each year. The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade, now in its 20th year, is one of the largest Greek parades in the U.S., with thousands of Hellenes from Michigan, Ohio and Canada gathering for the celebration.
The schedule of parade-day events is as follows:
- 12:00 p.m. Doxology service at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (707 E. Lafayette St.)
- 1:30 p.m. Dignitary reception, dance performance and press preview inside the Atheneum Suite Hotel (1000 Brush St.). (Note: Parade staging and unit placement takes place on Monroe Street, in front of One Campus Martius.)
- 3:00 p.m. Parade begins from Campus Martius Park, travels up Monroe Street and through historic Greektown, then concludes at the Greektown Casino-Hotel.
- 4:00 p.m. Post-parade ceremony, dance performances and street festival in Greektown.
The Parade Committee is still welcoming sponsors and volunteers. Sponsorships help fund the Parade Committee’s local student scholarships, and help ensure the parade’s success. The Parade Committee is also seeking volunteers (individuals or groups) to assist parade staff in setting up, managing the dignitary and pre-parade reception, offering general information to parade-goers, keeping the parade on time as assistant pacers, and more.
For more than two decades, the Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade Committee has celebrated the traditions and culture of Greece and Greek-Americans in metro Detroit, through the annual parade and celebration, the Hellenic Museum of Michigan, community grants and awards, and school and collegiate engagement. For more information, visit http://www.Detroit.GreekParades.com or https://www.Facebook.com/DetroitGreekParade.