Blessing of the Fleet, Morgan City 1930s. Blessing of the Fleet is an annual event that occurs in Morgan City and other various communities across Louisiana’s coast wherein a Catholic priest blesses a community’s shrimp boats before the start of one of the two inshore shrimp seasons. The boats display various decorations for the event and assemble together as a “fleet” in a boat parade. This parade typically occurs after a special Fishermen’s Mass conducted at the priest’s church.
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