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Tarpon's Epiphany a mix of celebration and solemnity

TARPON SPRINGS — No matter the weather, thousands will gather in this small Pinellas County city Sunday morning to observe or participate in what has been called the biggest Greek Orthodox celebration of Epiphany in the western hemisphere.

Part solemn religious observance, part colorful spectacle, this city's annual commemoration of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist has attracted crowds every Jan. 6th for 107 years.

The day's events begin at 8 a.m. with the orthos and divine liturgy led by local and national Greek Orthodox clergy in the impressive surroundings of the domed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. It is followed by a colorful procession of thousands to the picturesque shores of Spring Bayou, where 48 Greek boys will dive for a white cross thrown into the bayou in the day's centerpiece event.

Tarpon's Epiphany a mix of celebration and solemnity 01/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 5, 2013 3:18am]
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