Don’t Miss It: 2020 Blessing of the Fleet

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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, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020.  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.

The Poster unveiling and introduction of the 2020 Shrimp King and Queen Contestants, will be held Wednesday May 20, at 5 p.m. St. Michael’s church, this is closed to the public, but will be live streamed on the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet Facebook page.  The Blessing Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, located on Highway 90, will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 4 p.m.  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 June 6, at a closed to the public ceremony, but will be livestreamed on the Biloxi Blessing Facebook page.

The celebration continues Sunday, June 2 with the ceremonial wreath dropping at 2:00 PM.  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 working boat.

For more information call 228-435-6339 or email kmiller@biloxi.ms.us.