Although folks travel from all over the world to witness the diving for the cross at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox's Theophany Epiphany in Tarpon Springs each year, a slew of events are scheduled to take place over the weekend.
1) A blessing of the fleet will take place on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks; noon, Saturday, Jan. 5
2) The Epiphany Celebration Dance at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center; 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and run at $25 for adults and $10 for kids (12 and under). Enjoy live music from Zivaeri and Ziyia. Proceeds benefit the St. Nicholas Cathedral, Saturday, Jan. 5
3) The Orthos and Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral; 8 a.m.
4) Blessing of the Waters by the Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta; around 11:30 a.m., inside St. Nicholas Cathedral.
5) A procession from St. Nicholas Cathedral to Springs Bayou commences; between noon and 12:30 p.m. The dove bearer will release a white dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit, and then a cross is thrown into Springs Bayou where Greek Orthodox male youths dive after it.
6) Epiphany Glendi, which means "Festival," at Craig Park; 12:30 to 6 p.m. Enjoy authentic Greek food, live music from Ellada, and dancing for free.
Public parking lots are at:
- Lemon Street and Safford Avenue
- Safford Avenue and Orange Street
Street parking is permitted as marked.