Is Taste of the Danforth really Greek? While the summer festival has a lot of Greek restaurants and one stage with Greek folk dancers, the Greek flavour is diluted by Chinese food stalls, non-Greek baseball players, and climbing walls.
Last weekend’s Greek Independence Parade was as uniquely Greek-Canadian a spectacle as you can get. At least a couple hundred Greek and Canadian flags flew while a team carried the longest Greek flag ever seen.
Almost a thousand representatives of Greek organizations from the likes of the Levendia Dance Group, Thessalon Federation, and the Pan-Macedonian Association marched in spite of the minus 7°C weather. Some wore Greek costumes and must have frozen. I estimated the parade to be a couple kilometres long.
Too bad it was so cold. Not many spectators were out, even in the sunshine, to see it. And my camera batteries froze so I was unable able to get many pictures. But I did get some.
The occasion was Greece’s Independence Day. https://www.greekcommunity.org/
If you want to experience more Greek flavour, there’s the GCT OXI Day Parade which commemorates October 28th, 1940, the day the Greeks said “No” to Italian demands. For this history, see: http://www.ultimatehistoryproject.com/oxi-day.html . We’ll try to let you know when that parade will be.
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