The streets of Philadelphia are currently ablaze with vibrant colors and rich culture as the annual Greek Independence Day Parade is in full swing. The parade commenced at 2 pm sharp on the famous Ben Franklin Parkway, marking the beginning of the Greek Revolution against Ottoman rule in 1821.

Thousands of people have gathered along the parkway, waving bright blue and white Greek flags as the parade’s grand marshals, honored guests, and lively performers make their way down the boulevard. The iconic Greek Presidential Guard, famously known as the Evzones, has traveled all the way from Athens to join the festivities, adding an extra touch of authenticity and grandeur to the event. They look spectacular in their traditional pleated kilts, red fez caps with tassels, and distinctive marching style.

The Evzones are not the only overseas guests attending the event. Greek government dignitaries and officials are also present, celebrating Greek heritage alongside the local Philadelphia Greek community. The parade represents the strong ties between Greece and the City of Brotherly Love, providing an opportunity for Greeks worldwide to unite in patriotic pride.

The Greek Independence Day parade has been a Philadelphia tradition for decades, and this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best yet. The celebration features live performances, traditional Greek music, and the one-of-a-kind Evzones battalion.

If you can, grab some friends and family, wear your blue and white colors, and head down to the Ben Franklin Parkway right now. As the saying goes – “Opa!”