The big military parade on 25. March that marks the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821 traditionally starts at 11 o’ clock in the morning.
The parade starts with the heroes wounded in wars of modern Greek history, i.e. WWII, Cyprus. They are followed by rescue groups of the Red Cross, the Fire Service and the Armed Forces.
The parade passes through Syntagma in Athens downtown, in front of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the President of the Republic.
Thousands of Greeks flock to the city center to watch the parade and children are often dressed in the traditional costume of Evzonoi, the freedom fighters during the up-rise.
1,500 policemen have been deployed in the area around the parade fearing tension against politicians due to the Prespes Agreement, the deal between Greece and North Macedonia.