Philadelphia, PA – A celebration commemorating the 202nd anniversary of the Greek War of Independence took place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past Sunday. Community organizations and churches from the Delaware Valley participated with floats and folk attire, waving blue and white flags and honoring the historic 1821 revolution.

Dignitaries, politicians, and clergy representing the community attended this annual event hosted by the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley.

The day-long events launched at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia with a Doxology service with the Greek Presidential Guard from Greece participating. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America conducted the mass.

Philadelphia was treated to local Philly favorites, the Mummers and the famed Philly Phanatic mascot. In addition to the floats and the countless sea of blue and white flags, speeches were given throughout the day, concluding with several street performances.

Following the parade, attendees and dance troupes from around the region retreated to the Sheraton Hotel for the post-performance and ceremony.