- Posted March 22, 2014 by
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Chicago Greektown Parade Celebrates 50th Anniversary on Sunday, March 30th
On March 25th, it is Greek Independence Day commemorating Greek Liberation from 400 years of Ottoman Turkish Rule and Occupation since March 25, 1821.
The Chicago Greektown Parade is organized by the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations of Illinois "Enosis", the Metropolis of Chicago, Hellenic Schools, Organizations and the entire Hellenic Community in Illinois.
The Greek Celebration began last Sunday at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens. Hellenic fans watched and danced to the live music performed by the Orpheus Music Group along with the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society.
The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago Dance Group led us into "A Greek Journey in the Windy City" with dance performances tracing a brief history of the Pontian dances.
Years have passed since the Greeks immigrated from their ancestral land of Asia Minor and Pontos from where it is now Turkey since 1922 and 1923. The Greeks of Pontos preserved ancient traditions quite faithfully, and through the centuries they retained the ancient Homeric language and very ancient Greek dances, especially the most important ancient war dance, the Pyrrhichios. Their culture, dialect and dances originate from their ancestors, who some 3,000 years ago settled in the region of Pontos by the Black Sea.
In addition, Orpheus Dance Group entertained the public with traditional Greek national dances performed for the Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens during the Greek Celebration.
Greek Islands, Athena, and other local Greek Restaurants served authentic Greek cuisine samples which delighted visitors, guests, and the participants. There was no dessert like baklava available. The Greek cookies were not for everyone, only for a few. No Saganaki either, Oopa!