Philip Christopher, Ernie Anastos, Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, along with Boy & Girl Scouts of America the Grand Marshals.
New York.- The 2010 Greek Independence Day Parade will be held Sunday April 18, 2010. This is the 72nd annual parade celebration of Hellenic heritage and freedom, commemorating the 189th anniversary of the Greek declaration of independence, March 25, 1821.
The Parade has become a New York City tradition since 1938, and attracts a vast number of New York marchers and participants. It is a culmination of a month long celebration of Greek heritage are hosted and organized by the Federation of Hellenic Society of Greater New York. Dinners, a White House gathering, a beauty pageant, City Hall celebrations, a ceremonial flag raising and numerous other activities all lead up to the Parade on Fifth Ave, commencing from the Pierre Hotel.
The Greek government will be represented by vice minister of Foreign Affairs Spyros Kouvelis, while it is expected the Cypriot government to be represented by a cabinet member. In addition 8 members of the Greek Parliament are expected to attend.
This year’s stellar Grand Marshalls include Philip Christopher, a Greek American national leader who is working for over 35 years to promote Cyprus and all other Greek National issues in Washington. He is the first Greek Cypriot ever selected as a Grand Marshall of the parade and is the leading spokesperson regarding Cyprus. Mr. Christopher is the President of the Pan-Cypriot Society, President of the International Coordinating committee on Justice; an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarch and a recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Award. Professionally, Mr. Christopher is on the Board of Directors of Audiovox Corporation, President and CEO Personal Communications Devices. His firm dedication to the parade and its annual success as well as his unyielding struggle for freedom for Cyprus warrants this recognition.
Also New York City’s most esteemed news anchor, and most recognized Greek American, FOX network TV-My9’s Ernie Anastos. He is being honored for his dedication to the Greek American Community, not the least of which is his broadcast booth coverage of the Parade since it began television coverage in 2007.
The final individual Grand Marshall is Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, who is an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan (since 1988), author (Thieves of Baghdad), and a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. In 2003, while on active duty in Marine Corps, he led the investigation into the looting of Iraq’s National Museum, and was subsequently awarded the National Humanities Medal for his efforts. Col. Bogdanos is appropriately recognized as the parade honors Greek American veterans who served freedom’s cause.
Finally, the group selected as Grand Marshall is the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, who celebrate their 100th year in existence. What group exemplifies more the ideals of Hellenism than the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Self reliance, honor and virtue are the leading principles of the Scouts and the organization has always been a favorite of the Greek American Community.
The co-chairs of the parade this year include the Presidents of the two prominent Greek American professional organizations in New York: George Tsioulias, M.D., of the Hellenic Medical Society and Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri, Esq. of the Hellenic Lawyers Association. They have both expressed their enthusiasm for this year’s parade and pledge their support and that of their respective membership to ensure the success of the parade.
John Catsimatidis, Parade Chairman Emeritus, stated, “The Parade just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Estimates are well over 250,000 spectators watched the parade from street level last year and we used every available float in the tri-state New York area. One of the most heartening things about the Parade progress is the number of children’s groups who have joined the march. Their day will always remain a fond memory and ensure Greek Independence Day Parades far into the future.”
Since it began, the broadcast of the Independence Day parade has led the rating, beaming into millions of households in the United States and Greece. This year once again, Mr. Anastos will deliver the color commentary of the Parade and he will be joined in the booth by the young and talented, Nicole Petallides, of the Fox Business Network. Ms. Petallides, prior to joining FOX News as the floor correspondent at the New York Stock exchange, was the anchor at Bloomberg Television news. Nick Gregory, New York’s most popular weatherman, will be on the streets of the parade with timely interviews. The parade will air on Sunday, April 18th at 2pm on Channel 9.