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Clearwater briefs: Thousands expected at Tarpon Springs parade

TARPON SPRINGS

Thousands

expected at Greek parade

Twenty years ago, about 1,000 people attended Tarpon Springs' first Greek Independence Day Parade. This weekend, organizers expect about 10 times that many. Sunday's parade celebrates March 25, 1821 — the day the Greeks declared their independence from the Ottoman Empire. But March 25 also has religious significance as the day the archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was carrying a child, said Father Michael Eaccarino of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. "When I see the Greek flag something happens inside of me," Eaccarino said. "Tears come to my eyes, because it reminds me who we are as Orthodox Christians. Orthodox and Hellen­ism cannot be separated. They are one. … When any of us see that Greek flag, we don't think of just Greece. We think of freedom."

Schedule of events:

• A dinner dance will be at 7 tonight at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center Theofilos Hall, 348 N Pinellas Ave. Tickets are $30 and can be bought in advance or at the door. Call (727) 937-4637 or (727) 725-3500.

• A divine liturgy will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N Pinellas Ave. The raising of the Greek flag begins at

12:30 p.m.

• The parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday. The route heads north on Alt. U.S. 19 from Lemon Street, west on Dodecanese Boulevard and south on Roosevelt Boulevard. The parade route will be closed to traffic until about 3 p.m. Police say motorists should use alternate routes such as U.S. 19, Safford Avenue or Banana Street.

Pinellas deaths

Anderson, Helen A.

Bresee, Debbie

Cyr, Marian W.

Dieter, Eva M.

Hoole, Leola Whaley

McCraw, James William

Potts, Amy C.

Schlickenmayer, Sybil Evelyn

Smeltzer, Tina M.

Thomas, Earl K.

Urban, Stephen A.

Young, Carl Scott

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater briefs: Thousands expected at Tarpon Springs parade 03/28/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 10:57am]
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