Word comes to the Gulf Coast Examiner that the City of Biloxi, Harrison County and St. Michael Catholic Church will again participate in hosting the 86th annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival that will be held Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th.
The Committee encourages the boat owners from St. Michael, Vietnamese Martyrs and Blessed Seelos Churches and the community to come out and celebrate this long-standing tradition in Biloxi.
Festivities will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, June 5th, with a reception honoring all past royalty. The Friday night event is being held in conjunction with the department of Marine Resources Great Mississippi Seafood Cook-off. The cook-off is a preliminary to the Great American Seafood Cook-off held in New Orleans annually. The cook-off event is open to the public and will be held at the Slavonian Lodge.
The committee goal is to bring together everyone who has a connection to the Blessing of the Fleet, Biloxi’s Seafood Industry and East Biloxi. Individuals are encouraged to bring boards illustrating their connection to:
- The Blessing of the Fleet
- The seafood industry past or present
- St. Michael Catholic Church
- The Slavonian Community
- The French Community
- All Others
With continuous live entertainment, craft vendors, local artisans and the best seafood in the entire world, the Fais Do-Do is certain to be an event to remember. Early Admission is $5.00 and after 5:30pm it will $10.
This festive party will climax at 5:30pm with the coronation of the King and Queen, and then beginning at 7:00pm The Chee Weez band will perform. We are still accepting craft vendors for the Fais Do-Do at this time.
The celebration continues Sunday, June 7th with the ceremonial wreath dropping at 2:00pm. Boats will form in the west end of the Biloxi Channel near the Beau Rivage Casino and then parade east in the Biloxi Channel. Shrimp and recreational boats are welcome to receive blessing for a safe and bountiful season.
Boat participants do not need applications. Cash prizes will be given:
- $1000 will be given to the 1st place best decorated boat
- $500 will be given to 2nd best decorated boat
- $500 participation award will be given to a selected boat
For more information please go to the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet web site www.biloxiblessing.com.
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