Diving For The Cross Tarpon Springs FL

Diving For The Cross Tarpon Springs FL Epiphany 109th Dive in Tarpon Springs FL for the cross will take place today at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, FL. 20,000 plus people are expected to attend.

See 2018 schedule here.

Local young men will dive into the waters of Spring Bayou to obtain the white cross thrown in by Archbishop Demetrius, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will be presiding over the dive.The diving for the cross represents Christ’s baptism and the dove (released this year by Theadora Lialios) represents the Holy Spirit.

Diving For The Cross Tarpon Springs FL

Diving For The Cross Tarpon Springs FL will happen here at Spring Bayou.

A church service took place this morning at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and at noon a parade will take the 50 or so boys aged 16-18 to the Bayou.  The young men wait for the cross to be thrown in, dive into the water, and one of them will retrieve it. Retrieval is said to bring a year of good luck.

A plaque is presented to the Tarpon Springs Police Department in honor of Officer Kondek who was killed in the line of duty recently. There will be a moment of silence before the dive.

Diving For The Cross Tarpon Springs FL. Expect road closures beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday January 6th, 2016 for the Epiphany Celebration, detours will be till approximately 2:30 p.m.

The majority of vehicles  rerouted (detoured) as followed:

  • Northbound on Alt 19 (Pinellas Ave)  turns east onto Lemon St to Disston Ave.
  • Southbound on Alt 19 (Pinellas Ave)  turns east onto Pine St to Disston Ave.
  • Tarpon Ave westbound  detoured either north or south onto Disston Ave to Pine or Lemon to Alt 19.

Good luck to the participants!

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This Florida Moment brought to you as a courtesy by  Toni Weidman.  Please do not call me for info on the event, contact the event organizers for further information.

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