Marching Orders


Parade date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time: All participants must check in by 2:30 p.m. The parade will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.
The parade committee reserves the right to refuse to allow latecomers to march.

Weather: The parade will proceed, rain or shine. (Or snow.)

Parking:  You must find your own parking. Parking will not be available at Annunciation Cathedral.
Some churches may provide bus transportation; contact your church for information.

Check-in & Line-up: The parade will line up in front of the Compuware Building, on Monroe Street near Woodward. Consult the marching list for your group’s place in the parade procession and
check in at the check-in point for your division. Look for your group’s marching leader.
  • Please line up neatly. Follow the directions of the marshals, who will be wearing yellow jackets, and your group leader. If your group holds a marching practice, please attend.
  • Floats and other vehicles will be in a separate line. Do not line up with your group’s floater vehicle unless you are actually riding on the float/in the vehicle.
  • The pre-parade reception is not inside the Compuware Building this year. Please do not gather inside the building.

Marching: The parade route is about a half-mile. Please continue past the reviewing stage and do
not stop on the street or block the route.

Dress: Authentic Greek costumes are encouraged if available. Some groups may order custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, or jackets. Contact your group leader for information.
  • Metropolitan Nicholas will designate the appropriate dress for clergy. Altar boys may wear their altar uniforms.
  • If costumes or uniforms are not available, we recommend a dark coat and tie for men and
  • corresponding women’s attire. 
  • For children, we recommend a light sweater/shirt with navy or black pants or skirt. Blue jeans are highly discouraged.
  • The most important thing is that your group looks neat and uniform.
Decorum: Alcohol, smoking, and throwing objects to the crowd are prohibited while marching.
Pets/animals are also prohibited without advance permission.

Vehicles: All groups wishing to include cars, floats, or other vehicles in their unit must notify the
parade committee in advance, or the vehicle will not be allowed in the parade. All
vehicles must be decorated. Float themes must be approved in advance. Vehicles must
line up by 1:30 p.m., before marchers arrive. Drivers must be licensed and insured. See
the attached vehicle instructions for more information.

Emergency: Police and an ambulance will be on standby. Contact a parade marshal in a yellow jacket.
More info Contact your group leader, or 
Yanni Dionisopoulos (, or Tom Christy ( or visit our website:

Twitter updates will be available on parade day. Follow us at @DetGreekParade.

2017 Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade

Parade date: March 26, 2017

Marching list version 1 (issued 6 March 2017) SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Unit # Honor Division

1 Detroit Police lead car
3 Detroit Police Dept. Color Guard
5 Harper Woods HS Marching Band
7 Dignitaries
9 Hellenic Heritage Award winners
11 Archons of the Archdiocese of America
13 Detroit Evzones

Unit # 1st Division

101 St. Nicholas GOC, Ann Arbor (incl. Ya'ssoo Dancers)
103 Association of Stereoelladites
105 Holy Trinity GO Cathedral, Toledo (incl. dancers)
107 Aristotle Hellenic Academy
109 Messenian Association of Michigan, Messenian Nea Yenia
111 Annunciation GO Cathedral, Detroit
113 Sts. Constantine & Helen GOC, Westland
115 Pancretan Association, Cretan Ladies, Pseloretes Cretan Youth
117 Holy Cross GOC, Farmington Hills
119 Pan-Macedonian Association - Aristotelis Chapter of Detroit
121 Dionysians, Wayne State University
123 Univ. of Michigan Hellenic Students Assn.
125 Modern Greek Club, Michigan State University

Unit # 2nd Division

201 West Bloomfield Police Dept. Color Guard
203 St. George GOC, Bloomfield
205 Semendre Brotherhood (Semendira, Asia Minor)
207 Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan
209 Holy Trinity GOC, Grand Rapids
211 Metropolis of Detroit Greek Schools
213 St. Nicholas GOC, Troy (incl Omega dancers)
215 American-Cyprus Association of Michigan
217 St. John the Baptist GOC, Sterling Heights
219 Greektown Preservation Society
221 Nativity of the Virgin Mary GOC, Plymouth (incl. Revma Dancers)
223 Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America "Icaros"

Unit # 3rd Division

301 Holy Cross GOC, Windsor (incl. Terpsichorean Dancers)
303 Epirotic Society of Michigan
305 AHEPA District 10
307 Daughters of Penelope
309 St. George GOC, Southgate (incl. Zoe dancers)
311 Rhodian Society
313 Hellenic Society for the Performing Arts
315 Assumption GOC, St. Clair Shores
317 National Coney Island mascot
319 Chios Society Agia Markela
321 St. Demetrios GOC, Saginaw
323 Detroit Police Trailing Car

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