The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley proudly announces its 2022 parade on the famed Ben Franklin Parkway on March 20, 2022. “The City of Philadelphia has given its blessing for the parade, our first in three years since the pandemic hit our communities,” stated Dimitrios Rozanitis, Federation President. “We are excited about marching this year as well as excited about all of the events that will be occurring during that time, including most significantly The Eleftheria and Dignitaries Banquet on March 19, 2022.”
The Philadelphia Greek Independence day Parade will be the first parade in the world honoring Greek Independence this year and the first parade since the pandemic onset of 2020. The parade will honor the Centennial of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Centennial of the Order of AHEPA. Also, an homage to the Centennial of Greece will occur in light of last year’s cancellation.
The parade will also be significant. It will be the first appearance at a Greek Independence Parade for His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidoforos of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
At the Eleftheria and Dignitaries Banquet, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidoforos will be honored with a full and deserving slate of others, including AHEPA Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas and the Daughters of Penelope Grand President Kathy Bizoukas. Also honored on the evening will be Grand Marshal Georgia Athanasopulos, Honorary Consul to Panama in Philadelphia, and the Federation’s long-awaited presentation of its highest honor, the Eleftheria Award, to George Horiates.
Ζήτω η Ελλάς!