Annual Blessing of the Fleet

117 1st Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
338-435-5578 or 228-365-1627
  • Presented By: Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
  • Dates: May 28, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Price: Free

Celebrate Biloxi's culture, heritage, and legacy.

Begun in 1929, the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony marks the beginning of the fishing season for shrimp fishermen and invokes a safe and prosperous season.

The celebration continues with the ceremonial wreath dropping at 2pm. 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.