Epiphany cross dive today in Tarpon Springs - FOX 13 News

Epiphany cross dive today in Tarpon Springs

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TARPON SPRINGS (FOX 13) -

Thousands of people will descend on Tarpon Springs on Monday to celebrate Epiphany.

It is the 108th Epiphany celebration there, and one of the biggest events of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

The highlight will be when up to 60 young men dive for a cross in the icy waters of Spring Bayou.

"Everyone is excited. Everyone can't wait," Ann Miller, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, told FOX 13 on Sunday night.

"It's like you're on edge until those boys dive in the water and you're just waiting to hear who comes up with it."

Whoever finds the cross is said to have good luck for the following year.

Michael Houllis dove for the cross for five years back in the 1960's, but never got it.

Still, he remembers his quests with great affection.      

"It is the most beautiful day of the year for those of us who participated, and I promise you, the light of our life actually," he said.  

Epiphany commemorates John the Baptist baptizing Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.

There will be some road closures in Tarpon Springs for the big event.

U.S. 19 will be closed between Pine and Lemon Streets, and Spring Boulevard will be closed between Orange and Court Streets.

Those roads will be closed from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We will have continuing coverage of the event today.

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