Greek parliamentarians to attend Independence Day parade in Melbourne

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On Sunday, April 14, an annual parade will take place in Melbourne, Victoria, to commemorate Greek Independence Day.

Taking place from 1 pm at the Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park, the parade will be attended by members of the local Greek and Cypriot communities, as well as members of the Interparliamentary Committee of Expatriates from the Greek Parliament.

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Officials attended last year’s event. Photo: The Greek Herald / Giorgos Psomiadis.

The Greek parliamentarians include Konstantinos Vlassis, Member of Parliament for Arcadia and former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Hellenism Abroad; Theodora Tzakri, Member of Parliament for Pella SYRIZA, First Vice President of the Diaspora Hellenism Committee; Evangelia Liakoulis, PASOK-KINAL Member of Parliament for Larissa, Second Vice President of the Diaspora Hellenism Committee; and Asimina Skondra, Member of Parliament for Karditsa from New Democracy.

Also amongst the attendees will be the Ambassador of Greece to Australia, Stavros Venizelos, and the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in Australia, Antonis Sammoutis.

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Kids dressed up in blue and white and traditional costumes and participated in last year’s parade. Photo: The Greek Herald / Giorgos Psomiadis.

During their five-day visit, the parliamentarians will also participate in formal meetings with ecclesiastical, consular, political, and community leaders, with aims of strengthening the ties between Australia and Greece.

This year’s parade will take place as part of the festive commemorations marking the centenary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It will also pay tribute to the 50-year anniversary of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus.

READ MORE: Greek National Day dilemma: Questions remain unanswered by Victorian Council

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