Last weekend, my mom and I decided to head down to Greek town since she had never been before. We were surprised at what we found – a Greek Celebration for Greece’s independence. The revolution began in 1821 and with the assistance of Russia, the UK, France, and several other European powers they were able to expel the Ottoman Empire by 1832.
Today, this win is celebrated in Greece on March 25. The celebration also coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the annunciation of Theotokos, when the Virgin Mary was told by the Archangel Gabriel that she would bear the son of God.
The celebration in Greek Town, Detroit consists of a Greek Independence Day Parade, announcements, and some authentic Greek dancing. This year it fell on April 6th. Sadly, we missed the parade, but we did get to see some great Greek dancing. Many people were dressed in authentic outfits as well. It was great to see Greek Town come alive in its own traditional way.
After an exciting Greek celebration, we went for some pizza at PizzaPapalis on Monroe St in the heart of Greek Town. Great decision!
We decided up on the Spinach Special, and of course since it is deep dish Chicago-style pizza it took forever! But, it was definitely well worth the wait! Mmmm… YUM! PizzaPapalis has locations in Troy, Greek Town, Dearborn, Detroit, Southfield, Bloomfield Hills, and Toledo. If this mouth-watering photo caught your eye make sure to check out their full menu!
Have you ever stumbled upon any interesting/unexpected festivals?