NEW YORK – Just before 2PM on a cold and sunny Sunday afternoon, the Greek Independence Parade attempted to begin, in the heart of New York City, along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. But things got off to a bit of a rocky start, as a police horse, upon hearing the Greek music was startled and fell. Upon regaining its footing, the horse stepped on a police officer, who then received medical attention from the paramedics on hand. Anthoula Katsimatides told the crowd to be patient, as the Channel 9 television broacasters, Ernie Anastos and Nicole Petallides, and special guest Constantine Maroulis.
The officer did not appear to be seriously hurt and the parade got underway, with announcements from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, both of whom praised the Greek-American community.
Earlier in the day, there was a great deal of enthusiasm at the Harmony Club’s pre-parade reception. Among the politicians and other digniatries on hand to praise Greek independence, Greek values, and the contributions of Greeks to America were former NY City Councilman Peter Vallone, NY State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, former Brooklyn Assemblyman Matthew Mirones, former Hellenic Lawyers Association President Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri, NY State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywomen Nicole Malliotakis and Aravaella Simotas, NY City Councilman Costa Constantinides, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, and AHEPA Supreme President Phillip Frangos, who sends greetings from all 400 AHEPA Chapters around the world. Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos congratulated the community for the parade and for its endeavors on Greece’s behalf.
Throughout the afternoon, The National Herald will keep you updated with live reports from our correspondents.Source: The National Herald