Preparations for the military parade marking the 200th anniversary of the begin of the Greek Independence Revolution against the Ottoman Empire on 25. March 1821 are underway and in full speed.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, though, the original program had to be modified and only some parts of the Armed and Security forces will participate. Nevertheless, the parade is expected to be impressive due to the special bicentennial anniversary.
A new component of the traditional military parade will be Evzones on horses. The Evzones are known for their distinctive uniform, which evolved from the clothes worn by the mainland and central Peloponnese Greeks who fought the Ottoman occupation.
Independent news agency IBNA secured exclusive footage from the final rehearsal parade that took place at the former royal estate of Tatoi on Monday.
The military parade will take place in front of the Greek Parliament and the Unknown Soldier Monument at Syntagma Square on Thursday morning.
Celebrations for the bicentennial anniversary will be also attended by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis, the heir to the British throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin and the French Defense Minister Florence Parly.
The public will not be allowed to watch the parade in physical presence for health protection reasons, it will be offered them ‘live’ via state broadcaster ERT.