Photo review: Tarpon Springs Epiphany celebration

The boys swim to one of a half dozen boats
  • Kevin Tighe
  • The boys swim to one of a half dozen boats


The boys climb into the boats


The boys wait to dive for the cross


The race is on!


One of two crosses is retrieved!

click to enlarge Boys ages 16-19 dive in Tarpon Springs' Spring Bayou - Kevin Tighe
Kevin Tighe
Boys ages 16-19 dive in Tarpon Springs' Spring Bayou

The Tarpon Springs Greek Orthodox Church celebrated the Epiphany with the annual blessing of the local waters and boats concluding with the throwing of a wooden cross into the city's Spring Bayou.

Boys ages 16-18 plunged into the bayou to retrieve it. This year a second cross had to be thrown when the first could not be quickly recovered. Whoever recovers the cross is said to be blessed for a full year. A number of boys continued to dive for the first cross which was eventually found. Two blessings for the price of one!

click to enlarge Boys ages 16-19 dive in Tarpon Springs' Spring Bayou - Kevin Tighe
Kevin Tighe
Boys ages 16-19 dive in Tarpon Springs' Spring Bayou
  • Kevin Tighe
  • Boys ages 16-18 dive into Tarpon Springs' Spring Bayou

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