Upper Darby, PA – The Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia & Greater Delaware Valley has implemented some changes in the last year and the Independence Day Parade is where they’re most visible.

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the Greek community of Philadelphia will gather to celebrate Independence Day along the Ben Franklin Parkway. This year they’ve added an NYC marching band that has been sponsored by the Archdiocese. In addition, The Grand Marshall position will be shared among principal teachers of the Greek schools from across the Delaware Valley.

On Saturday evening the night before the parade, the Greek school principals will be recognized at a dinner banquet at Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ. Also that same evening, the first ever “Eleftheria Medal”, will be presented by the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley. This year’s first recipient will be, Reverend Father Demetrios Constantelos, Ph.D., D.D., for Outstanding Lifetime contributions to Hellenism.

Their new website and partnering with Cosmos Philly will provide direct coverage with a photo gallery and video link for the whole community to connect through. These new changes create a new path for the Federation as it continues to play a key role in representing the organizations, churches, and societies of Philadelphia.