Biloxi’s 2020 Blessing of the Fleet this weekend

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The 2020 Biloxi Shrimp queen and her court are, from left, Leah Crabtree, Erin Schreck, Taitum Lambert, Lexi Moore, 2019 Shrimp Queen Alexis Trochesset, Emma Gazzo, Ainsley Weems, Gracie Handler and Kadee Rolkosky

The City of Biloxi, Harrison County and St. Michael Catholic Church are pleased to announce that the 91st annual Blessing of the Fleet & Coronation of the Shrimp King and Queen will be held Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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The 2020 Blessing of the Fleet poster by Suzi Templin

The Blessing Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, located on Highway 90, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.  During this 91st year, the Committee is sad to announce that the much-loved Biloxi tradition of the Fais Do-Do will not take place this year, due to the pandemic circumstance.

The Biloxi Cultural and Heritage Displays created by the contestants will be on display during the Shrimp Queen Pageant, and will be displayed publicly at a later date.  The coronation of the King and Queen will be held Saturday at a closed to the public ceremony, but will be live-streamed on the Biloxi Blessing Facebook page.



The celebration continues Sunday with the ceremonial wreath dropping at 2 p.m.  Boats will form at the west end of the Biloxi Channel near 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.

Blessing of the Fleet posters are available for purchase at the Biloxi Visitor Center.

Cash prizes will be given to boats participating in the boat parade: $1,000 to the 1st place best-decorated boat, $500 will be given to 2nd place best-decorated boat, and $500 to a selected working boat for participation.

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