Annual Greek Independence Day Parade in Detroit
Celebrate Greek heritage at this 12th annual event April 14, 2013, and be sure to check out the opening of the Hellenic Museum of Michigan April 13, 2013, too!
The streets of Greektown will be a sea of blue and white as you and your family head to Detroit April 14, 2013, to celebrate Greek Independence Day at the 12th annual Greek Independence Day parade.
Join the Greek community and people from all across the region for the parade, full of music and dance, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Compuware Building. The parade of over 40 groups will proceed down Monroe Street at Woodward Avenue until it reaches historic Greektown. The parade is free to attend.
After the parade, stick around! There will be a post-parade ceremony, including a dance performance in Greektown, according to the parade website.
Don't forget to hang around the historic neighborhood to enjoy the authentic Greek food at various restaurants. Try taking the family to eat at Pegasus, where you can try their famous Saganaki ("Opa!"). Then, get a sweet treat at Astoria Pastry Shop, where you'll find plenty of yummy European desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Want to start celebrating early? Kick off the Greek festivities by checking out the grand opening of the Hellenic Museum of Michigan on April 13. Located across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts, the new museum will feature exhibits about the history of Greektown and the stories of Greek immigrants.
The opening begins at 5 p.m. with a blessing from the Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, according to the parade site. There will be poems, performances, music and tours throughout the evening.