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Baltimore, April 3: Greek Independence Day parade

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Originally From: Connie Mourtoupalas <mourtoupala@greekembassy.org>

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

Sunday, April 3, 2005 -- Parade starts at 2:00 PM in Baltimore's Greektown http://www.greekparade.com/

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND- Colorful, traditional costumes and ethnic pride of both young and old will fill the streets of Baltimore on SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2005, 2:00 PM, as the Greek-American Community commemorates Greek Independence Day with a festive parade in Baltimore's historic Greektown.

The committee organizing this year's parade, remark, "We are pleased to see the enthusiasm this 10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT has generated, not only in Baltimore, but also in the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. We have groups participating from as far away as Ocean City, Hagerstown, and Frederick, Maryland, from Washington, D.C., Falls Church and Fredericksburg, Virginia and also Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. We honor our ancestors' sacrifices that freed, protected and preserved the ideals of Greece, the birthplace of Freedom and Democracy, which shaped the entire world. This Parade recognizes this Legacy of Greece and our Spirit in America: Freedom and Democracy for All This event is celebrated in every corner of the world and we bare the responsibilities as our Greek and Philhellenic forefathers did to further this Legacy. We welcome one and all - especially, our children, inheritors of our traditions and future guarantors of these ideals."

In addition, the event has drawn the attention of many area leaders. Among the dignitaries who will lead off this year's parade are U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Governor Robert Ehrlich, Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele, U.S. Congressman Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus and the Consul General of Greece (both from Washington, D.C.), and many more elected officials.

Adding further excitement, the Naval Academy will march in force with a unit of Greek! Philhellene Midshipmen, Color Guard, and Navy Drum and Bugle Corps. The year's Mid-Atlantic commemoration marks the l84" year since Greece's declaration of independence from Ottoman Turkish rule. Greeks and Philhellenes gather on this solemn, yet joyous, occasion to remember the sacrifice of their ancestors in defeating the tyranny of slavery. We now carry the torch of Democracy to be passed on to future generations. We invite others to join with us on this day of celebration, so that the flame may burn brighter, our children may live in peace, and the world may know that never again shall the voice of freedom be extinguished.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March 25k" a national Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, acknowledging in his resolution, " ... the lasting debt of gratitude to the People of Greece and all People of Greek heritage for the Democratic ideals which inspired the founding of our own Nation." This day offers the United States and Greece, two nations which share the same convictions about man's inalienable rights on this earth, an opportunity to celebrate freedom and democracy together.

Prelude to the parade will be a DIGNITARY AND PRESS ONLY RECEPTION AT 12:00 NOON in the heart of Greektown at IKAROS Restaurant, located at 4805 Eastern Avenue (corner of Ponca St.). The parade will feature dance groups in ethnic costumes, children groups, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Orthodox Clergy from the Baltimore-Washington area and delicious ethnic food will be available. Parade route proceeds from Haven Street, up Eastern Avenue, turns right onto Ponca Street and ends two blocks past the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Fait Avenue.

We encourage all groups who would like to participate in our parade to register http://greekparade.com/Registration/index.htm online. For more information call the Parade Hotline at 410-563-4735, email us at info@greekparade.com info@greekparade.com, or click here http://greekparade.com/contactus/index.htm .

Come and see why the September 2004 issue of Baltimore Magazine included the Mid-Atlantic Greek Independence Day Parade in their http://greekparade.com/Multimedia/print/101%20WAYS%20TO%20BE%20A%20TRUE%20BALTIMOREAN!.PDF "101 Ways to be a True Baltimorean" list.

"Spirit of America, Legacy of Greece, Freedom and Democracy for All!" Honoring our ancestors' sacrifices to preserve the ideals of Freedom and Democracy. Commemorating the 184th Anniversary of Greek Independence, March 25, 1821


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