The City of Biloxi, Harrison County and St. Michael Catholic Church is pleased to announce that the 84th annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival will be held Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd.
The Local 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.
On Friday, May 31st, the festivities will begin at 5:00pm with a reception honoring all past royalty and this year’s 2013 King and Queen Contestants. This 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. Entertainment for the evening is provided by Jessie Hill. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Slavonian Lodge (located at 159 Maple Street in Biloxi).
The Blessing Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, located on Highway 90, will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 4:00pm. During this 84th anniversary year, the Local Committee is pleased to continue a much loved Biloxi tradition, the Fais Do-Do.
The Fais Do-Do will be held Saturday, June 1st on the beautiful Biloxi Town Green from 10:00am to 10:00pm. The Biloxi Cultural and Heritage Exchange will take place from 10:30am till 12:30pm during the Fais Do-Do on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Biloxi Town Green.
The committees’ goal is to bring everyone together who has a connection to the Blessing of the Fleet, Biloxi’s Seafood Industry and East Biloxi.
There will be a designated area, near the pageant stage, for individuals to bring display 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
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.
Admission is $5.00. This festive party will climax at 5:30pm with the coronation of the King and Queen, then beginning at 7:00pm The Molly Ringwalds band will perform.
The celebration continues Sunday, June 2nd 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, and a $500.00 participation award will be given to a selected boat.
Official activity summary:
- Past Royalty Reception and Department of Marine Resources The Great Mississippi Seafood Cookoff – Friday, May 31st, 2013
- Fais Do-Do and Coronation of the Shrimp King and Queen – Saturday, June 1st, 2013
- Blessing of the Fleet – Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
[Click Here] for the official published activity schedule.
For more information, go to the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet web site www.biloxiblessing.com.
The Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet Fais Do-Do was selected as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Spring Event 2010 and 2012.
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