Philadelphia, PA – The dry spell is over. After a 22-year lapse from the Greek Independence Day parade in Philadelphia, Greece’s Honor Guard, the Evzones, returned for their first public appearance in full attire.
Yesterday, outside of city hall, the first of a three-day celebration kicked off with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall. Primed and colorful, the 12 Evzones were led by Lieutenant Ioannis Sarakinos onto the campus of city hall, where the Greek community had gathered. Local press and onlookers snapped up photographs of the historic moments. Many Greeks appeared with children dressed in foustanellas in honor of the occasion. Local Greek clubhouse, the “Pontian Akritai of Philadelphia” appeared as well in folk attire adding to the flavor of the event.