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Detroit— Dancers, musicians and the local community turned out Sunday for the annual celebration of Greek culture.

From women from Nativity of the Virgin Mary church in Plymouth to Niko Sebastian, 3, of Rochester, the Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade along Monroe in Greektown showcased cultural pride. The parade featured participants in colorful traditional costumes and military uniforms, bands, floats and flags in its 15th year. Dancing and dining followed at Greek tasting tents.

After an absence of 30 years, the parade was revived in 2001, according to organizers. Greek Independence Day marks the day in 1821 when the battle for freedom from Turkish rule began and in recognition of when the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Annunciation, when the Virgin Mary was told she would bear Christ.

The Detroit News

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