Warriors of Greece – A Living History reenactment group dedicated to preserving the memory and ideals of the brave Greek Warriors who have defended Western Democracy and freedom for over 4,000 years. The Warriors of Greece and affiliates have been seen in parades, festivals, movie promotions and other public appearances all over the United States as well as on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, Spike TV, the Military Channel, the BBC and others. They are also available for school presentations for audiences of all ages! Come see live Spartan Hoplite Warriors from 500 B.C. dressed in their trademark blood-red cloaks & tunics patrolling the festival grounds wearing authentic bronze armor and guarding the gates carrying real iron weapons. Ask them questions or even have your picture taken with one! Come to The Warriors of Greece Room downstairs and learn more about how their courage and skill in fighting saved Greece and all of Western Europe from tyrannical enslavement under the mighty Persian Empire of the East at the famous battles of Thermopylae, Marathon, Salamis and Platea during the Greco-Persian War. Freedom and Long Live Greece! Molon Labe.

Lectures

Thursday, September 8
5:00 pm The Battle of Marathon – First Persian Invasion of Greece
6:00 pm Death Before Dishonor – The Battle of Thermopylae
7:00 pm A New Age Begins – Final Victory at the Battle of Plataea
Friday, September 9
5:00 pm The Battle of Marathon – First Persian Invasion of Greece
6:00 pm Death Before Dishonor – The Battle of Thermopylae
7:00 pm Master of the Sea – The Battles of Salamis, Artemisium & Mykale
8:00 pm A New Age Begins – Final Victory at the Battle of Plataea
Saturday, September 10
3:00 pm The Spartans – Elite Warriors of Antiquity
4:00 pm The Battle of Marathon – First Persian Invasion of Greece
5:00 pm Death Before Dishonor – The Battle of Thermopylae
6:00 pm Master of the Sea – The Battles of Salamis, Artemisium & Mykale
7:00 pm A New Age Begins – Final Victory at the Battle of Plataea
8:00 pm Alexander the Great – Undefeated Greek Warrior
6:00 pm Master of the Sea – The Battles of Salamis, Artemisium & Mykale

*All presentations will be take place in the downstairs lecture hall of the Cultural Center next to The Warriors of Greece display room.
Lectures and/or times are subject to change.

Evzone

The Yiasou Festival Evzones of Holy Trinity – Come marvel in the reenactment of the changing of the guards by the young men of Charlotte’s Greek community.  This inaugural group of Evzones is committed to preserving and celebrating the tradition of the presidential guards, an elite unit of the Greek army which guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in front of the Hellenic Parliament building, and the Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece.  The costumes of Holy Trinity’s Evzones are a replica of the uniforms worn by the Evzones in Greece.  The uniform consists of the kilt-like foustanella, which has 400 pleats to represent 400 years of Turkish occupation and red leather clogs, which weigh over seven pounds.  Each uniform is specially made in 80 days by trained craftsmen and is considered to be one of the most unique ceremonial military attire in the world.

Be sure to add this awesome event to your bucket list of favorites at this year’s Yiasou Greek Festival.  Performance times to be announced at a later time.

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