PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FOR THIS EVENT!
This year’s Blessing of the Fleet will be with Pastor Whitney Burton-Smith, from the Church of the Good Shepherd, officiating.
If you would like to have your boat blessed, please signup via the blue “Register” button on this page.
NOTE: Online signup is requested for both in person and virtual blessings.
The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. The practice began predominantly Catholic, but is now practiced by all Christians as a blessing from the local priest and pastors that is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.
In most ports, the event was brought by immigrants who held strongly to their Christian religious beliefs. The events that are part of the ritual vary by community and range from a simple ceremony to a multi-day festival including a church service, Parades, Pageantry, Dancing, Feasting, and Contests.