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See witches and warlocks paddle in Tarpon Springs

Witches and warlocks gathered in Tarpon Springs on Saturday for their annual paddle to Craig Park.
 
Event coordinator Christine Irons paddles among the nearly 100 participants of the annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade in Tarpon Springs.
Event coordinator Christine Irons paddles among the nearly 100 participants of the annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade in Tarpon Springs. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Oct. 29, 2023|Updated Oct. 30, 2023

The paddling group was started by Christine Irons about four years ago.

“Halloween is my favorite holiday and paddling my favorite activity. So, why not combine both?” Irons said.

She had admired the sight of witches paddling on the West Coast and decided to start a local group with some friends. The group started with 30 members and last year had over 130 participate in Tarpon Springs and over 150 in New Port Richey.

“I host one in Tarpon Springs on Saturday, and Sunday we do New Port Richey,” Irons said. “Both the Anclote and Pithlachascotee rivers offer a unique setting for this venue. The rivers pass by onlookers, waterfront estates, restaurants and shops, so participants are able to engage with the land mortals.”

An unidentified man dressed in a costume stands on a paddle board while participating in the Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade along Spring Bayou, Saturday in Tarpon Springs.
An unidentified man dressed in a costume stands on a paddle board while participating in the Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade along Spring Bayou, Saturday in Tarpon Springs. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Members of the Island Witches Dance Troupe, Jan Bernardini, Thuy Rock and Tanya Sandoval perform, Saturday.
Members of the Island Witches Dance Troupe, Jan Bernardini, Thuy Rock and Tanya Sandoval perform, Saturday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Paddlers are seen during the annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade.
Paddlers are seen during the annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Members of the Island Witches Dance Troupe Thuy, Nicole Aleska and Tanya Sandoval dance during a performance.
Members of the Island Witches Dance Troupe Thuy, Nicole Aleska and Tanya Sandoval dance during a performance. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
An unidentified kayaker makes her way on the water to Spring Bayou.
An unidentified kayaker makes her way on the water to Spring Bayou. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
An unidentified woman paddles while wearing a costume Saturday during the Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade in Tarpon Springs.
An unidentified woman paddles while wearing a costume Saturday during the Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade in Tarpon Springs. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Kayakers paddle along the water to Spring Bayou, Saturday.
Kayakers paddle along the water to Spring Bayou, Saturday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
One of nearly 100 participants is seen during the annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade which was followed by a performance of the Island Witches Dance Troupe.
One of nearly 100 participants is seen during the annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle Parade which was followed by a performance of the Island Witches Dance Troupe. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Witches and warlocks arrive by paddle boards and kayaks as the Island Witches Dance Troupe perform at Spring Bayou.
Witches and warlocks arrive by paddle boards and kayaks as the Island Witches Dance Troupe perform at Spring Bayou. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]