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“Greece Never Dies!” Renewed and Enthusiastic 28th Boston Parade (Photos)

BOSTON – The cold weather and cloudy skies did not prevent every generation of Greek-Americans in Boston and New England in general from participating in Boston’s Greek Parade on Sunday, April 7, and waving the blue and white flag to proclaim from the heart: “Greece will never die.” The parade brought enthusiastic participants and crowds, by general assessment the best in recent years both in terms of participation and observers.

It began at 1 o’clock just below the Prudential skyscraper when Secretary General of Expatriate Hellenism Ioannis Chrysoulakis, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, Consul General Symeon Tegos and the President of the Federation of Hellenic-American societies of New England cut the starting ribbon. In the front row were two Greek Police officers from the homicide department who are attending seminars at Tufts University, Greek Consul General in Boston Symeon Tegos, Secretary General of Expatriate Hellenism Ioannis Chrysoulakis, Federation President Vasilis Kafkas, the prominent anchorwoman of WCVB-TV 5 in Boston, Maria Stefanou, New Hampshire State Assemblywoman Efstathia Booras, Greek-American Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, singer Kalomira and the recipient of the Freedom Award at the Federation’s parade dinner Dr. John Pappas.

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The parade crossed Boylston Street which is Boston’s main street and ended at the Boston  Commons park across from the Four Seasons Hotel, where the VIP podium was located. The theme was the return of the stolen Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum.

Parading were 75 departments, nine universities, with marchers, bands and floats, of which the most prominent was that of the Evoikos Society which was dedicated to the great medical pioneer and benefactor of mankind Dr. George Papanikolaou, the Pam Macedonian Association featuring Alexander the Great, the Federation float with a message the return of Marbles, and the Church of the Annunciation – Evangelismos.

Students from the Greek schools of the local communities were holding Greek flags and shouted “Zito i Hellas,” while the students of Holy Cross School of Theology led by Archimandrite Bartholomew Mercando, professor of Canon Law stopped in front of the reviewing stand and chanted ‘Save Lord, your people’, as well as the chant calling on God to grant many years to Metropolitan Methodios.

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Boston Police Officer Paul Sivet approached Metropolitan Methodios, greeted him respectfully and asked him to bless him, which Methodios did, telling him “God bless you and protect you because your work and mission is very difficult.”

The announcements of the of the names of the organization who fight for Hellenism and Orthodoxy which participated in the parade were made by Eleni Vidalis, former president of the Federation, and the businessman Kostas Siderides.

Metropolitan Methodios of Boston told the National Herald that “this year’s parade had enthusiasm, a pulse, and everyone demonstrated their respect, appreciation and love for Greece. I was happy for everyone who marched, but most of all for the young children of our Greek schools, who despite the 45 degree cold did not lose their enthusiasm”.

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Metropolitan Methodios also said that “I praise God because Boston and New England in general have very good Greek-Americans who live the beliefs of our Orthodox Faith and our Greek Tradition, Heritage, and Consciousness. They do not hesitate to say and proclaim that Greece was liberated from the Turks, who, no matter how hard they tried for 400 years, could not enslave its soul or alter its national consciousness. Congratulations and praise to the organizers, the Federation, and those who toiled for months and thank you to the Greek Government which sent such a learned and enthusiastic representative, the Secretary General of Expatriate Hellenism Mr. Ioannis Chrysoulakis, who together with the Consul General Mr. Symeon Tegos, showed the Hellenes that Greece cares and loves them. Congratulations to all of them.”

The General Secretary of Hellenism of Abroad Ioannis Chrysoulakis who was one of the grand marshals, told The National Herald that “I am feeling national pride, emotion, reverance for Hellenism. Boston gave a huge message that the heart of Greece beats just as loudly here, even louder. Hellenism is everywhere. Greeks are everywhere, excelling. Today Greece has grown even more. It was an overwhelming day and I really felt proud of these Greeks here.”

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The president of the Federation Vasilis Kafkas told TNH that “today Greek children and Greek together with their parents, teachers, relatives, other patriots, friends, and officials celebrated Hellenism and our National Anniversary of 1821 with flags, traditional costumes, dances, songs, and hymns. The Boston parade is an annual milestone for thousands from all over New England. Thanks for the participation and cooperation from all involved. All the events were a success, The success Boston’s Greek Parade is a success for Greece.”

Kalomira, a Greek-American from New York, told TNH that “I am so proud to be a Greek-American. It is a wonderful day and parade with so many people participating. My love to the community.”

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The president of the Evoikos Society and member of the Federation’s Council Dimitris Matthaios said that “I think it was one of the best parades because I have been participating all these years with the float honoring our great physician-scientist Dr. George Papanikolaou. There was enthusiasm and a spirit of love and adoration for Greece. Our Greek-American community in Boston is a dynamic and successful community, dedicated to the traditions of our Nation.”

Ioannis Katsaros, Vice President of the Board of the Alexandria Foundation and President of the Boston Greek language foundation ‘Ellinomatheia’, stated that “I am proud that today we had such a great participation from parishes, clubs, schools and I believe this will continue for the next 50 years.”

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