A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 12, 2005
Greek Independence Day Parade
The Greek Independence Day Parade began in 1940, making it one of New York's oldest ethnic parades. It celebrates the independence of Greece from Turkey.

25 March 1940, New York Times, pg. 9:

Colorful Parade of 10,000 on
Park Ave. Is Prelude to
Service at Cathedral

Celebrating the 119th anniversary of Hellenic independence, 10,000 Greek-Americans formed one of the city's most colorful "Easter parades" yesterday as, with banners flying and wearing picturesque native costumes, they marched up Park Avenue from Fifty-first to Seventy-second Street.

24 March 1941, New York Times, pg. 5:

7 April 1951, New York Times, pg. 12:

5th Ave. Fete Tomorrow Marks
130th Year of Independence

3 April 1948, New York Times, pg. 6:

Royalty to Review Independence
Marchers on Fifth Avenue

Commemorating the 127th anniversary of Greek Independence, the Greek Independence Parade will be held tomorrow at 2 P.M. sponsored by the federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. The parade will start at Sixty-first Street and Fifth Ave., proceed up the avenue to Seventy-fourth Street, and then east to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

9 April 1962, New York Times, pg. 23:
25,000 Parade Up Fifth Ave.
To Mark Greek Independence

17 May 1971, New York Times, pg. 24:
Spartan Weather Marks
Greek Independence Day

The Greeks have a word for it. Yesterday the word was vrochi (rain) and thousands of Greek-Americans hoped that it would end in time for the 31st annual Independence Day parade on Fifth Avenue.
Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • (0) Comments • Sunday, June 12, 2005 • Permalink

The Greek Independence Day Parade has a web site at http://www.paradeonfifth.org that includes information about this year’s events.

Posted by Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New Yo  on  02/10  at  10:17 PM

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