PSEKAʼs President Philip Christopher will be the Grand Marshall
Detroit.- The Greek Community of metropolitan Detroit will celebrate Greek Independence Day on Sunday, March 25, 2007 with a parade in downtown Detroit. The parade will start at 3:00 p.m. and will proceed on Monroe Street from Woodward to the heart of Detroitʼs Greektown. The parade will be led by Philip Christopher Vice president of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad SAE and World Coordinator for PSEKA. His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit; and political dignitaries, including representatives of the Michigan Legislature, Detroit City Council, and Consulate of Greece in Chicago.
Also leading the parade will be a unit of “Evzones” from Boston who replicate the famous Greek Presidential Guard, marching in full uniform with precision military maneuvers. Participating in the parade will be over 40 marching units representing Greek Orthodox churches, Greek schools, dance groups, university clubs, and cultural organizations from metropolitan Detroit and nearby communities including Windsor, Toledo, Flint, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. Numerous floats will be included in the parade.
After the parade, a short program will be held near the end of the parade route. Rich Mayk, Detroitʼs well-known communicator, will officiate as the master of ceremonies. The American, Greek and Canadian national anthems will be sung symbolizing the strong unity of the three countries. Metropolitan Nicholas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit will offer prayers and remarks on Greek Independence Day. Also addressing the crowd will be Philip Christopher Vice president of Hellenes Abroad, and Professor Vasilios Lampropoulos of the University of Michiganʼs Modern Greek Department.
A proclamation from the State of Michigan honoring Greek Independence Day will be presented, signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm and all four Greek-American members of the Michigan Legislature: State Sentaor Tony Stamas (R-Midland), State Senator John Pappageorge (R-Troy), State Representative Fran Amos (R-Waterford), and State Representative Bob Constan (D-Dearborn Heights).
Senator Carl Levin will present a proclamation on behalf of the US Government.
After the program, dancers in colorful ethnic dress will perform a variety of Greek dances representing the various regions of Greece. Performing will be the Pseloretes Cretan Dancers of Detroit, the Terpsichore Dancers of Windsor, the Hellenic Dance Company of Toledo, the Kefi Dancers of St George Greek Orthodox in Southgate, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Dancers of Ann Arbor, the Kyklos Hellenic Dancers, and the dancers of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Troy. Several area Greek musical ensembles will perform the melodic music of Greece. The Greektown merchants look forward to hosting the many visitors expected to attend the celebration.
The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade was revived in 2002 after an absence of over 30 years. It is sponsored by the Detroit Greek Independence Day Committee, a non-profit corporation.
Prior to the parade, a press conference and reception at 2:15 p.m. will be hosted by the Parade Committee and Peter Karmanos, Jr. for honored guests at the Compuware building.