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Florida Media Outlets Report on Local Armenian American Community’s Response to Biden’s Genocide Declaration

BOCA RATON, FL – As all eyes were on the White House last month, the Armenian American community was hyper mobilized in pressing the White House to fulfill President Biden’s pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide as President on April 24.

With all signs pointing in the right direction and anticipation of the President’s genocide declaration building by the day, two Florida media outlets covered the local Armenian American community’s response.

“Florida Armenians here and across the state welcomed President Joe BIden’s recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day April 24” The Boca Voice posted on their Facebook page.

Later in the day, a headline from the Tampa Bay Times read “Biden’s recognition of genocide brings Florida’s Armenians relief.Tampa Bay Times‘ breaking news reporter Josh Fiallo’s heartfelt reporting was the first major Florida newspaper to cover the President’s historic statement.

On Sunday, April 25, the Times devoted another story to the local Armenian American community on the west coast of Florida. Reporting “Genocide victims remembered on Red Sunday at Pinellas Armenian Church,” Times reporter Anastasia Dawson went to St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park and spoke with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian and several parishioners.

“Demerjian, pastor at St. Hagop’s, called Biden’s statement ‘the healing of a wound’ that was a ‘long time in the making,'” he told the Tampa Bay Times. =

While no other newspaper or media outlet in Florida covered President Biden’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide (reprinting the AP doesn’t count), Armenian Americans in Florida should be pleased to know that the Tampa Bay Times, that state’s largest newspaper, gave them ample coverage and connected with St. Hagop’s parishioners, and that our local reporters and outlets like the The Boca Voice truly listen to their community members and amplify their stories.

Orlando, Tampa Area 106th Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Events

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando, FL)

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Pinellas Park, FL)

St. Hagop Armenian Church to Hold Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service on Sunday

PINELLAS PARK, FL – This Sunday, April 25th, St. Hagop Armenian Church of Pinellas Park, FL will conclude Badarak with a special Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service, and traditional flower laying procession to the St. Hagop Armenian Genocide memorial.

Fellowship will follow in the Church hall with Haig Yaghoobian providing music of remembrance. To honor our martyrs, St. Hagop will reprint the bulletin insert of tribute. Click here to see if your tribute is included. If your text is not included in this document, you may submit a short tribute to your loved ones effected by the Genocide to this email with your text by April 23rd at 9:00AM.

Armenian American Comedian Mark “Jiggy” Jigarjian Coming to Orlando, Tampa, and Miami

Florida Armenians is pleased to announce that New York-based Armenian American comedian Mark “Jiggy” Jigarjian will be performing live in Orlando, Miami, and Tampa this April. Below is a list of his upcoming performances:

  • Orlando – Bonkerz Margaritaville Resort (Tickets on sale here for $10.)
    Friday, April 9, 2021
    8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Orlando – Bonkerz Margaritaville Resort (Tickets on sale here for $10.)
    Saturday, April 10, 2021
    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Tampa – Sidesplitters (Tickets are on sale here for $15.)
    Sunday, April 11, 2021
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Miami – Tapas on the Terrace (Tickets are on sale here for $50. Includes wine+tapas)
    Monday, April 12, 2021
    6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Mark “Jiggy” Jigarjian was born and raised outside of Boston, MA and has been performing stand up comedy since 2008. He is best known for his work with TruTV’s Impractical Jokers, touring with them as an opening act for over 7 years. In this role he played some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including sold out shows at Madison Square Garden for the New York Comedy Festival.

Mark has also been featured on TruTV’s After Party, Jokers Wild and in Impractical Jokers: The Movie. He is currently developing a comedy/cooking television show in development and he is a proud member of the iconic Friars Club.

“I’m really look forward to connecting to the Armenian community in Florida and having a laugh on April 11th at Side Splitters Tampa,” Jigarjian told

For more info about Mark “Jiggy” Jigarjian visit and you can follow him on Twitter & Instagram @JiggyComedy.