Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet 2023
A ceremonial blessing given by a local priest marks the beginning of the fishing season for shrimp fishermen and invokes a safe and prosperous season.
Boats line up in the west end of the Biloxi Channel near the Beau Rivage Casino and then parade east across the channel. The ceremony begins with the dropping of an evergreen wreath into the Mississippi Sound in remembrance of fishermen who have been lost at sea. Shrimp and recreational boats are welcome to receive blessing for a safe and bountiful season. The festivities include the Shrimp Queen Pageant and Best Decorated Boat contests.
While its origins trace back to ancient Europe, the first Blessing of the Fleet in the Biloxi Bay was offered in 1929, and now takes place every year in a colorful procession across the Mississippi Sound.Read More at Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet on Facebook
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