01 April, 2009
NEW YORK (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou)
Events commemorating the March 25 National Day continued here with the traditional reception at the mayor's residence. Mayor Michael Bloomberg honoured the Greeks' national anniversary on Monday night (local time), in the presence of dozens of guests, including main opposition PASOK party leader and Socialist International president George Papandreou, who is in New York to preside over the Stiglitz Committee, focusing on the economic crisis and ways of tackling it.
Events concerning the national anniversary will heighten with the big parade that takes place every year on 5th avenue in Manhattan. This year's parade will be taking place on Sunday, April 26, and the masters of ceremonies will be Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis, the Finance minister of the state of Ilinois, Alexis Yiannoulias and singer Tony Orlando, who is of Greek origin.
Members of the Greek Parliamentary Interparty Committee on Expatriate Hellenism will be participating in the parade. An eight-member Cypriot Parliament delegation will also be participating.