The cancellation of the parade for the 25th of March in Melbourne, Australia, was announced by the Organizing Committee for the celebration of the 200th National Anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution in Victoria, due to the restrictive measures against the spread of COVID-19.
In particular, the announcement of the Organizing Committee states:
“Victoria’s Organizing Committee of the National Anniversary is in the unpleasant position to officially announce the cancellation of the parade for 2021,” said in a statement to the “Neos Kosmos” the General Secretary of the Committee Antonis Tsourdalakis.
“The parade to celebrate the 200th National Anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution was scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 21. As it is known, the Organizing Committee had given great emphasis to the perfect organization of this year’s parade as it would mark one of the biggest events for the entire Greek community. It would give the chance to the Hellenic Community of Victoria to celebrate the beginning of the great liberation struggle against the Ottoman Empire that marked the founding of the newly formed Greek state.
Many views were exchanged on the issue with all members agreeing that their priority was the safety of their fellow humans, without endangering the wider society of Victoria. As a result, the members unanimously agreed to cancel this year’s parade.
The General Secretary, Antonis Tsourdalakis, at the end of the meeting emphasized that the Greek community will have the opportunity to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution through a variety of anniversary ceremonies and events.