The grand military parade held annually on March 25, to celebrate Greece’s Independence Day and 201st anniversary since the start of the 1821 revolution against the Ottoman occupation took place in Athens. Greece’s national holiday coincides with the religious feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin.
Parade short video:
Th parade passed before President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and other officials on the stand in front of the Greek Parliament.
Crowds of people flocked to watch the show for the first time after two years of the coronavirus parade.
The military parade of the armed and security forces began with the nurses of the Hellenic Red Cross and a mixed team of rescue workers, while the legendary WWII Super marine Spitfire MJ755 escorted by an F-16 Hellenic Air Force fighter jet flew overhead.
French Rafale took off from aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, currently moored of the port of Piraeus, and joined the spectacle.
For the first time, no Russian weaponry was reportedly showed in the military parade.