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Konstantinos Pseftelis, 18, of Tarpon Springs rejoices with the cross during the 109th annual Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs. The day began with Orthos and Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and culminated with a dove released by Theodora Lialios and the cross dive in Spring Bayou. The celebration was overseen by Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Konstantinos Pseftelis, 18, of Tarpon Springs rejoices with the cross during the 109th annual Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs. The day began with Orthos and Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and culminated with a dove released by Theodora Lialios and the cross dive in Spring Bayou. The celebration was overseen by Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Epiphany Celebration: In celebration of the baptism of Christ, Tarpon Springs is the site of the largest Epiphany event in the Western Hemisphere. Follow a procession of children in traditional costumes, choir members and Greek folk dancers to witness the tossing of the Holy Cross in Tarpon Springs Bayou by Archbishop Demetrios, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States. The church service starts at 8 a.m., then at 12:30 p.m. the procession heads to the waterfront where teenage boys dive into the water in an attempt to be the first to find the sunken cross. 8 a.m., St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral , 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 937-3540.

Coffee with a Curator: Annette Norwood presents "Salvador Dali: The Question of Genius." 10:30 a.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Real Music Series: Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar: The series features live mixed music from the 1950s to today. Performances held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Included with daily admission. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Silversun Pickups: Show up for a free pass at one of numerous ticket drop locations between now and Wednesday to see the L.A. indie rockers. The first 50 people in line get a free pair, and the station will raffle off one more pair once those are gone. 6 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.

Beyond Measure: A film exploring public schools that re-imagine education and place personal growth over test scores. 7 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Free (registration required). (727) 786-8311.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus: Legends, an all-new show, will feature circus artists from around the globe. And this may be one the last times the Asian elephants will appear in Tampa. After 145 years of featuring elephants in its circus acts, the 13 Asian elephants still traveling with the circus will be moved to a conservation center in 2018. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $16-$70. (813) 301-2500.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox. The swan song begins, as the reality series that gave us Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Phillip Phillips kicks off its final season.

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