Watch Greektown’s 200th Virtual Celebration of Greek Independence Day

Welcome to our Virtual Celebration of Greek Independence Day Celebrating 200 years of Greek Independence: 1821-2021

Hosted by The Pappas Post and Greektown Chicago

This virtual event includes a dynamic history of Chicago’s Greek American community with stories from prominent Chicagoans and archival photos highlighting the city’s Greek Independence Day celebrations and parades over the past 126 years — plus a special crowd-sourced video montage of images and memories from families across Chicagoland, joining us virtually to celebrate Greece’s bicentennial.

We offer special thanks to the hundreds of Chicagoans who submitted their parade photos and videos to be featured in this project. We also thank each of the following interviewees who shared their stories on camera:

  • Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer
  • Dean Richards, Entertainment Reporter and Critic for WGN TV & Host at WGN Radio
  • Anna Davlantes, Host at WGN Radio
  • Susanna Homan, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Chicago Magazine
  • Dan Mihalopoulos, Investigative Reporter at WBEZ Radio
  • Dr. Angeline Beltsos, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Vios Fertility Institute
  • Judge Peggy Chiampas, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Dr. George Chiampas, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Soccer/Men’s National Team
  • Judge Anna Demacopoulos, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Bishop Demetrios, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Dr. Young Richard Kim, Associate Professor and Head of Classics & Mediterranean Studies at UIC
  • Marianthi Koritsaris, Principal/Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Plato Academy
  • Dimitra Korri, Four-time Greek National Figure Skating Champion
  • George Reveliotis, Greektown SSA Commissioner and Owner of Artopolis Bakery, Cafe & Agora

Another special thanks goes to multi-instrumentalist Dimitrios Dallas for his performance of the song “Deka Palikaria.”

Our original rendition of “Na’tane to 21” (Let It Be 1821) by Glykeria was produced for Greektown Chicago and The Pappas Post’s 2021 Virtual Celebration of Greek Independence Day on March 25, 2021.

Music: Stavros Kougioumtzis

Lyrics: Sotia Tsotou

“Na’tane to 21” Special Version Credits

Piano, Arrangement & Remix: Costas Segis

Drums & Percussions: Petros Pelelis

Bass: Polis Pelelis

Guitars: Costas Fotiadis

Bouzouki & Baglama: Giorgos Rokas

Mix & Mastering: Bobby Biris | BK Studios

Executive Producer: Stelios Fotiadis

Video: Stefanos Sitaras

Project Producer: Gregory Pappas

Associate Producer: Darden Livesay

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