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All Eyes photo gallery: Images from Epiphany 2017

Joseph Cooley, 18, a senior at Tarpon Springs High School, retrieved the cross during the 111th Epiphany celebration On Friday. Cooley was one of 48 boys who dove into Spring Bayou at the largest celebration in the Western Hemisphere of Jesus Christ's baptism. Thousands attended the event, which Tarpon Springs has hosted since 1903.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Archbishop Demetrios prays over the divers at Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

JIM DAMASKE | Times

     

Dove bearer Maria Chagaris, 16, cradles the dove before releasing it during Tarpon Spring's annual celebration of Epiphany.

            

JIM DAMASKE | Times

     

Spectators on the water during Tarpon Springs' annual celebration of Epiphany.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Divers leap into the water during Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

JIM DAMASKE | Times

     

Divers leap into Spring Bayou to swim out to the boats to wait for the cross to be thrown during Tarpon Spring's annual celebration of Epiphany.

            

JIM DAMASKE | Times

     

Too many divers wanted to be in this boat, which sank under the weight during Tarpon Spring's annual celebration of Epiphany.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Divers leap into the water after the cross was thrown at Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Joseph Cooley, 18, of Tarpon Springs, swims to shore with the cross at Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Divers race for the cross during Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

JIM DAMASKE | Times

     

Joseph Cooley, 18, of Tarpon Springs holds up the cross after retrieving it from Spring Bayou during Tarpon Spring's annual celebration of Epiphany.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Joseph Cooley, 18, of Tarpon Springs, surfaces with the cross at Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Joseph Cooley, 18, of Tarpon Springs, hoists the cross at Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Joseph Cooley, 18, of Tarpon Springs, is carried by his fellow divers after retrieving the cross in Spring Bayou at Epiphany, the annual celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Matrona Anapliotis, 2, joins a group of myrrh bearers for the procession to Spring Bayou during the 111th Epiphany Celebration on Friday (1/6/17) in downtown Tarpon Springs.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Cross divers kneel in prayer at Spring Bayou during the 111th Epiphany Celebration on Friday (1/6/17) in downtown Tarpon Springs.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Cross divers make the mad dash to Spring Bayou during the 111th Epiphany Celebration on Friday (1/6/17) in downtown Tarpon Springs.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Dove bearer Maria Chagaris, 16, of Tarpon Springs, released a dove at Spring Bayou during the 111th Epiphany Celebration on Friday (1/6/17) in downtown Tarpon Springs.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Altar boys participate in the Divine Liturgy during the 111th Epiphany Celebration on Friday (1/6/17) at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Tarpon Springs.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Children with the Saint Haralambos Hellenic Dancers, of Canton, Ohio, gather outside of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Tarpon Springs before Friday's (1/6/17) procession to Spring Bayou, part of the 111th Epiphany Celebration in downtown Tarpon Springs.

            

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

     

Altar boy Joaquin Kavoukils attends the The 111th Epiphany Celebration on Friday (1/6/17) in downtown Tarpon Springs. The event celebrates the Baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John the Baptist in the River Jordan.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

An aerial view of the Spring Bayou just before the Epiphany cross dive.

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