88TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE FLEET & SHRIMP FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2017
JUNE 1ST AT 6PM DECEASED FISHERMAN’S MASS
JUNE 3RD FAIS DO-DO 10AM-9PM AT POINT CADET PAVILION
JUNE 3RD MASS AT 4PM DUE TO FAIS DO-DO
JUNE 4TH 2PM BLESSING OF THE FLEET IN THE CHANNEL. FRONT BEACH IN EAST BILOXI
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A ceremonial blessing, given by a local Catholic priest, marks the beginning of the shrimp fishing season. Even though it had its origins in ancient times in Europe, the first Blessing of the Fleet in the Biloxi Bay was given in 1929, and now takes place annually in a colorful procession in the Mississippi Sound.
The ceremony begins with the dropping of an evergreen wreath into the Sound in remembrance of fishermen who have been lost at sea. Then a procession of more than 30 shrimp boats files past the anchored “Blessing Boat” where the officiating priest stands, sprinkling holy water on each of the boats and giving a blessing for each one, asking a safe and prosperous fishing season.
2016 Queen Paige Jimerson and King Franklin Parker