Annual Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet & Shrimp Festival

280 Beach Blvd. , Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 435-6339
  • Presented By: St. Michaels Church, Harrison County, & the City of Biloxi
  • Dates: July 7, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free admission
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The City of Biloxi, Harrison County, and St. Michael Catholic Church are pleased to announce the 95th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Shrimp Festival. 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 celebration will take place on July 7 at the Great Lawn at Harrah’s Casino, starting at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be arts and craft vendors, live entertainment featuring Chapel Hart, and great viewing for the Biloxi Boat Blessing. The ceremonial wreath dropping will occur at 12:30 p.m., immediately followed by the boat blessing. Boats will form in the west end of the Biloxi Channel and then parade east in the Biloxi Channel, ending at 2 p.m. 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: $2000 to the 1st place best decorated boat, $1000 will be given to 2nd best decorated boat, $500 3rd best decorated boat, and a $500 participation award will be given to a selected working boat. New this year is a $300 cash prize to the best decorated pleasure boat. 

Other events related to the Blessing of the Fleet include:

  • Poster Unveiling & Introduction of the Shrimp Queen Contestants – Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m.
  • Coronation of the Biloxi Shrimp King and Queen – Saturday, July 6

***Event dates and details are provided by our Tourism Partners and are subject to change or cancellation by the event host/organizer. Please refer to the event host's website or Facebook event for the most up-to-date event detail information.