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, West Pasco residents only have to take a short drive to join the fun.
Want to check it out? There are a slew of events scheduled to take place over the weekend. See our rundown for information.
At 12 p.m., a blessing of the fleet will take place on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.
Doors to the Epiphany Celebration Dance will open at 7 p.m. at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center. Tickets are limited and run at $25 for adults and $10 for kids (12 and under). Live music from Zivaeri and Ziyia will be filling the air. Proceeds are to benefit the St. Nicholas Cathedral.
At 8 a.m., the Orthos and Divine Liturgy will begin at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Around 11:30 a.m. inside the cathedral, the Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta will bless the waters.
Between 12-12:30 p.m. a procession from the cathedral to Springs Bayou will commence. The dove bearer will then release a white dove, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit before a cross is thrown into Springs Bayou where Greek Orthodox male youths will then dive after it. A New Port Richey resident was one of the winners last year.
From 12:30-6 p.m. the Epiphany Glendi, which means "festival," waas scheduled to take place at Craig Park but has been moved to St. Nicholas Community Center Spanos-Pappas Hal due to forecasted weather conditions. Authentic Greek food, live music from Ellada and dancing will be available and the event is free.
There are two public parking lots located at 1) Lemon St. and Safford Ave. and 2) Safford Ave. and Orange St.
Street parking is permitted as marked.