88th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Fais Do-Do
June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017
Location: Point Cadet Plaza Pavilion
Price: Fais-Do-Do $5 at the gate, children under 12 & under free
Celebrate our culture, our heritage, our legacy. The Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet belongs to all of us and you're invited. Join us as we once again honor this beloved Biloxi tradition.
The event begans Thursday with the Memorial of the Mass for Deceased Fishermen, will continue this evening at the Michael Parish Life Center, St. Michael Catholic Church 177 First St., with a reception for past kings and queens and the introduction of the 2016 King and Shrimp Queen contestants.
Saturday at the Point Cadet Plaza will be the daylong festival Fais-Do-Do, a French term loosely translated as street dance. The event runs from 10am to 10pm with a $5 gate fee for those 13 and older and discounts for military and seniors. The fais-dodo will feature more than 70 arts and craft and food booths, a children’s area with a rock climbing wall, GyroSpace and train rides, and live entertainment throughout the day.
The Mass of the Blessing will be conducted Saturday at 4pm at St. Michael Catholic Church followed by the coronation of King Frank Parker and announcement of the 2016 queen in a ceremony at the Fais-do-do.
Sunday - the actual blessing of the fleet takes place in the Biloxi channel at 2pm with the dropping of a wreath in memory of deceased fishermen and seafood industry workers. Brightly decorated boats will be in a procession that will stretch from the Biloxi Lighthouse eastward to the Golden Nugget. The vessels will be blessed by the Rev. Greg Barras of St. Michael Catholic Church and eligible for the Participation and Best-Decorated Awards where the two recipients will receive $500.
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events 1988 & 1993
Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Spring Event 2010, 2012 & 2016