Justin Trudeau walks in Montreal’s Greek Independence Day Parade

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Montreal’s weekend-long Greek Independence Day celebrations came to a close Sunday afternoon.

The parade has been a tradition in Montreal for over 40 years. The event celebrates the 1821 war of independence against the Ottoman Empire.

Liberal MP for St Laurent, Emmanuela Lambropolous, said it’s important to celebrate her roots.

“Its’ always nice to come back and commemorate and honour the heroes of 1821,” she said.

“I think all Greeks feel that we owe our freedom to them because they’re our ancestors and they fought courageously,” added Lambropolous.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and mayor Valerie Plante were happy to participate and waved to the hundreds of spectators lined up on Jean-Talon Street.

The parade is organised by the Hellenic Community of Montreal every year.

“It’s a fantastic event celebrating 202 years of Greek independence,” said HCOM VP Michael Tsoukas.

“As a Hellenic Montrealer, it’s my big pleasures to be here participating,” he added.

The parade lasted 45 minutes with Greek schools, organizations, dancers and dignitaries. While the weather wasn’t very spring-like, spectators enjoyed the event.