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National (Independence) Day - 25th March 2018

The run-up to the celebration was not great and at one point rain was forecast in the morning.  Luckily the rain held off and the whole event went off without a hitch.  Dave went down to Patitiri dressed in his Macedodian costume, except for the belt, which needs experience to put on properly.  Dave arrived at the war memorial around 10.15am so he could be there before people arrived and the church service finished.

The service the war memorial started as soon as Father Lukas arrived and all of the 'digitaries' had assembled.  After the service the wreath laying started and for the first time ever representatives from the dance group laid a wreath.  After a minutes silence and singing of the National Anthem a lady read from a script about the history of Greek independence.  Following this was the presentation of award certificates to all the high achievers in the school and then everyone involved in the marching parade headed off to the top of the high street to form up into their groups.

The crowd assembled along the road to Roussoum Yialos to watch the marching display which is led by the scout drum band followed by the youngest children in traditional Greek dress carrying a large Greek flag and waving small Greek flags.  As in previous years the school children had a front group with the flag bearer going first, followed by the rest of the children following behind.  The adult dance group were last in sequence again year behind the scouts and everyone marched to the drum beat from the scout group's drum band.  Each group were applauded enthusiastically as they marched along the road.

After the marching finished everyone made their way to the amphitheatre where Christina's 2 childrens dance groups treated the audience to a display of traditional dancing.  The children again danced some very adult dances for their ages and Christina was kneeling beside them, as always, encouraging them during their dances.  There were 30 dancers in the adult group which is probably one of the largest dance groups ever to perform on the island.

Yorgos chose 6 dances dances from Macedonia Ζαίκο, Μπαϊντούσκινο, Ράικος, Αλωνιώτικος, Ομορφούλα and Ζάραμο.  The performance went extremely well and and was greeted very enthusiastically by the large crowd in the amphitheatre.  After the performance we all went down to the harbour front for a photo shoot.

Again this year was a wonderful celebration of Greek history and a fantastic coming together of the community of Alonissos and I look forward to next year.

 

Road Marked Out For The Marching Parade
 

Dance Area In The Amphitheatre
 

Yiannis With The Banner Of The Cultural Association
 

Father Lukas Performing The Service
 

Representatives Of The Dance Group Laying A Wreath
 

The History Of Greek Independence Related To The Crowd
 

Presentation Of Certificates Of Achievement To The School Children
 

The 'Dignitaries' Together On The Podium
 

The Scout Drum Band Before The Parade Started
 

The Youngest Children In Costume With The Greek Flag
 

The Dance Group Bringing The Parade To An End
 

Dave And Yorgos Marching Together At The Back Of The Dance Group
 

Christina's Younger Dance Group Performing In The Amphitheatre
 

Christina's Older Dance Group Performing In The Amphitheatre
 

The Alonissos Dance Group Walking In To The Amphitheatre To Perform
 

Dave Dancing In The Amphitheatre With The Alonissos Dance Group
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