Streets in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki to be closed off for Oct. 28 parades

Streets in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki will be closed on Monday as parades by students and the military take place to commemorate the October 28, 1940 anniversary of Greece’s refusal to ally with the Axis powers in World War II, known as “Ochi Day.”

In central Athens, Amalias, Vassilissis Sofias and Panepistimiou streets will be closed from 10 a.m. until around noon, while the area around the Church of Aghios Dionysios Areopagitou in Kolonaki will also be cordoned off for events.

Cars will not be allowed to park on streets along which parades will take place from 6 a.m.

In Piraeus, 34ou Syntagmatos Pezikou, Iroon Polytechniou and Vassileos Georgiou streets will be partially closed off to traffic from 9.30 a.m. until the end of the port city’s parade.

In Thessaloniki, meanwhile, a military parade will also affect traffic in the city center, which will be mostly closed off from early in the morning until early afternoon.

The military parade will also include a display by the Hellenic Air Force, a practice that was stopped three years ago because of the cost of fuel. The annual military parades in Athens and Thessaloniki are estimated to cost a total of 3.1 million euros.