The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade Committee
Bringing Hellenic Heritage right in our Backyard
Founded in 2001, the Detroit Independence Day Parade Committee (DGIDC) was formed to recognize and celebrate Greek Independence day, which is a national holiday recognized annually in Greece on March 25. The holiday commemorates the start of the War in Greek Independence in 1821 as well as the the Greek Orthodox Church's celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos for when the Archangel Gabriele presented to Mary that she would bear the son of God.
In 2021, the Bicentennial Anniversary of Greek Independence was celebrated as it marked a new milestone to remind the bravery of Greece declaring independence from the Ottoman Empire and re-establishing freedom and democracy in the country.
The DGIDC now in its 21st year of hosting the annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade, is one of the largest Greek parades in the U.S., that draws in thousands of Hellenes from the Metro-Detroit, Ohio, and Canadian communities to partake in the celebration. This family-friendly parade features traditional Greek Evzones, dancers and musicians, exciting floats by local schools and businesses, a variety of church and non-profit groups, collegiate groups, local Police Honor Guard, mascots and entertainment from the Detroit sports teams, and more.