my 1st time going to this.
I got there late due to mix-up in start time, but the float parade itself only lasted like 45 minutes.
After that, singing of "Th Ypermaxw" and Greek national anthem.
Followed by a few speeches.
A couple of the speakers mentioned how people say "the greek thing in Detroit area is not the same".
Which by my observations is true. Most of the old restaurants owned by off the boaters are gone. The existing ones dont have that good food. And are run by the greek americans.
Then they brought a dance group out. Well they did one ethnic dance that wasn't kalamatiano. Then the next song was kalamatiano, and they tried to get "everybody" to join in and dance. That lasted only a few minutes before everybody dispersed and went home or to the restaurants to eat. How lame. You bring out a dance group and they only do ONE DANCE? They should have had them do a suite of 6 or 7 dances, make into an actual performance. And then they wonder why the greekness is "not the same".
Anyway, it was a gorgeous warm day and still worth seeing once. One of the speakers was an older priest from Greece (serving one of the Detroit area churches), so naturally I enjoyed hearing him more than the other speakers. And overall it did feel like a greek event. They also sang the Canadian National Anthem, but nobody seemed to care or acknowledge it or sing along. I loved it though. Always have loved it.