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Greek Independence Day
30 March, 2017
The Hellenic community of Melbourne came together over the weekend to celebrate the March 25 holiday in honor of Greek Independence Day. Thousands attended the Independence Day parade waving Greek flags and celebrating. Towns throughout Greece and in the diaspora hold a school flag parade, during which children march in traditional costumes and carry Greek flags. According to the 2001 Australian census, Melbourne has the largest Greek Australian population in Australia (151,785 or around 47%), and the largest Greek population of any city in the World - outside of Greece. So it goes without saying that the march at the Shrine of Remembrance adjacent to St Kilda Road is an extremely popular event in the Melbournian Greek calendar. The procession of Greek Language schools dominates the march and thousands of students march in national costume and the obligatory blue and white. Amongst these schools there are 3 Victorian Government schools, namely the Victorian School of Languages, South Oakleigh Secondary College and Clarinda Primary school. Over 100 Victorian School of Languages students participated in the march this year.
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