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Student parade held in Athens to commemorate War of Independence

The traditional student parade to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the Greek Revolution in 1821 has been held in Athens.

Crowds of spectators lined the streets to watch the parade, which passed the reviewing platform in front of Parliament on Syntagma Square.

Officials attending included Education Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Athens Mayor Charis Doukas.

Leading the parade were high schools students from Kalavryta, in the Peleponnese, who wore traditional costumes and carryieda banner of the Greek Revolution.

A total of 230 primary to secondary schools took part. Also participating were the City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra and music bands of the police, air force and fire service.

A military parade will be held on the same route on Monday, while student parades will take place in cities, towns and villages across the country. 

Some central streets will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade, as will Syntagma metro station.