Traffic disruptions for Independence Day parades

Traffic will be disrupted in downtown Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday to make way for celebrations marking the March 25, 1821 anniversary of Greek independence from Turkish rule.

Students all over the country will be holding their parades on Tuesday, followed by a parade of the armed forces on Wednesday at Syntagma Square.

The main Athens student parade starts at 11 a.m. and will also be on Syntagma Square, meaning that from 10 a.m. onward Vassilissis Amalias, Vassileos Georgiou I, Panepistimiou and Vassilissis Olgas will be completely closed to traffic until the end of the parade, while Vassilissis Sofias, Stadiou and Syngrou will be closed off in sections.

On Wednesday, it will be almost impossible to approach the city center from 6 a.m. until the end of the military parade as streets around both Syntagma and Omonia squares will be closed to traffic.