Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade Celebrates 15 Years with Weekend Festivities Apr. 16-17

Annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade Celebrates 15 Years

Parade Committee is Seeking Sponsors, Volunteers & Participants for Weekend of Festivities


March 5, 2016 – The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade is marking its fifteenth year, and to help fully celebrate this milestone, the Parade Committee is seeking the support of the community through sponsors and volunteers.

With an entire weekend of Greek cuisine, music, dancing and fun preluding the day of the parade, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Kicking off on Saturday, April 16, events and activities include:


  • Meet & Greet with World-­‐Renowned Iconographer Vlasis Tsotsonis – The artist and traditional     iconographer will be unveiling mosaic signage he created for the Hellenic Museum of Michigan, followed by a play about the historic Greek revolution, performed by metro area Greek School students. Tour the Museum and view NIKE Dancers and musicians will also perform. Saturday, April 16 at 5:00pm.
  • Collegiate Night and Greektown Revel – Join Hellenic Student Associations of MSU and U of M and enjoy traditional and modern live music at a variety of Greektown restaurants and Dinner and drink specials will also be offered at many hot spots. Saturday, April 16 at 9:00pm.
  • 15th Annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade – Monroe Street is the place to be! Watch traditional

Greek dancers, see handmade floats by local schools and businesses, and take part in the festivities with dancing, dining, drinking – and even traditional plate-­‐breaking. Sunday, April 17 at   3:00pm.


There are several opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals to get involved and be a part of a fifteen-­‐ year-­‐old tradition in the metro Detroit Greek-­‐American community.:


  • Volunteer – Whether an organized group or single person, volunteering is a great way to recognize our Greek neighbors and give back to the community. The Parade Committee is seeking volunteers to assist staff, offer support at general information booths, keep time as pacers and hand out food/beverage.
  • Parade Presence – Show your Hellenic heritage and Greek pride by gathering a group to walk in the parade and/or designing and building a festive You don’t have to be Greek to participate – we welcome anyone who’s passionate about learning and celebrating Greek culture.
  • Sponsorship – Businesses can show their support through a financial contribution, leveraging their marketing & promotion channels, and various types of in-­‐kind


For more than a decade, the Committee has celebrated the traditions and culture of Greece and Greek-­‐Americans in metro Detroit through the annual parade, the Hellenic Museum of Michigan, community grants and awards, school and collegiate engagement and fundraising galas. For more information, visit or



Yanni Dionisopoulos, President, DGIDPC 313-­‐405-­‐3844

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