We cordially invite you to join us at the 2023 Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade in historic Greektown, Detroit. More than 200 years ago, our ancestors in Greece declared independence from the Ottoman Empire, re-establishing freedom, and democracy in our beloved country. To observe and celebrate Greek Independence Day, communities throughout the world hold parades each year. The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade, now in its 21st year, is one of the largest cultural parades in the United States. Thousands of Hellenes from Michigan, Ohio, and Canada gather in Greektown for the celebration.
Schedule of Events:
11:00 a.m. – Explore Greektown
Enjoy lunch and shopping in Greektown, walk around the neighborhood, talk to business owners and community members.
12:00 p.m. – Annunciation Cathedral Doxology (707 E. Lafayette Street)
Join His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas for a prayer service before the parade.
1:30 p.m. – Pre-Parade Reception & Photos at the Atheneum Hotel (1000 Brush Street)
Meet & greet and photos with parade dignitaries and VIPs. The Evzones, a traditional Greek honor guard, and other parade participants in traditional dress will be on-hand.
3:00 p.m. – 21st Annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade Kicks Off
Our annual tradition, celebrating Greece and Greek-American culture in metro Detroit, Michigan, and beyond. Nearly 60 Greek-American organizations, churches, community groups, businesses, and other participants.
4:00 p.m. – Post-Parade Dancing & Photos in Monroe Street
Embrace your KEFI – the Greek spirit of joy! Music, dancing, and photos, with six local student dance groups participating and showcasing the rich culture of Greece.
We hope that you will join us and celebrate the values of democracy and freedom treasured by Greeks and Americans alike, and to recognize the many contributions of Greek Americans in Michigan, Ohio, and Canada.