The pageantry of Epiphany unfolds

Tarpon Springs celebrates its 101st Epiphany on Saturday with events that mark the Baptism of Jesus.

It begins at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N Hibiscus St., Tarpon Springs, followed by a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Once the church services are finished, the traditional procession of clergy, altar boys, children dressed in Greek costumes and cross divers, accompanied by the Tarpon Springs High School Band and choirs from Tampa Bay area Greek Orthodox churches, parades along Orange Avenue, south on Ring Avenue and west on Tarpon Avenue to Spring Bayou.

About noon, the cross dive, the part of the celebration that thousands gather to watch – takes place at Spring Bayou. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will bless the waters, a dove will be released, and young men ages 16 to 18 will dive for the cross. The retrieval of the cross is considered a source of God’s abundant blessings and grace.

The cross diving will be followed at 1 p.m. by the Epiphany Glendi (festival), with food, music and dancing in nearby Craig Park. Admission is $2. (727) 937-3540, www.epiphanycity.org.

Related Links > Coverage of the 100th Epiphany > http://www.sptimes.com/2006/webspecials06/epiphany100/

EpiphanyCross  Jack Vasilaros, a student at Calvary Christian High School captured the cross last year.

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