TARPON SPRINGS – In a city known for its history, Tarpon Springs will once again go back to its roots to celebrate Greek Independence Day, the 193rd anniversary of Greece’s independence from rule by the Ottoman Empire.
On March 23, thousands of people will flock to Tarpon Springs to honor Independence Day, officially observed worldwide on March 25.
March 25 is also one of the holiest days on the Greek Orthodox calendar; known as Annunciation, it’s also the day the angel Gabriel is believed to have told the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus.
Costas Sisois, president of the parade, says he expects between 7,000 and 12,000 people if the weather complies, including Greeks from Miami to Tallahassee.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on March 23 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 36 N. Pinellas Ave. From there, everyone will walk or ride their float down to the Sponge Docks, a route that is expected to take about two hours. Upon completion, parade-goers are invited back to the Spanos-Pappas Community Center at 348 N. Pinellas Ave. to continue the celebration.