Meanwhile, down at Point Cadet: A Blessed event

Perhaps overlooked amid the hoopla over MGM Park and the arrival of the Biloxi Shuckers is one of the city’s and state’s most-cherished of traditions:  the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival.

You’ll have a chance to whet your appetite with some of the best seafood dishes around in the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Great-American Seafood Cookoff this evening at 5 at the Slavonian Lodge. The cookoff is held in conjunction with a reception honoring past Blessing royalty.

This year, the Blessing’s Fais Do-Do makes a triumphant return to its pre-Katrina home – Point Cadet Plaza.

The Fais Do-Do, a French term loosely translated as street dance, takes place Saturday form 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Headline entertainment: the Chee-Wheez. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under, free.

The Blessing of the Fleet Mass takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, and the coronation of the kind and queen takes place at 5:30 at the Fais Do-Do.

The centerpiece of the weekend, the actual Blessing of the Fleet, takes place Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Biloxi channel between the Beau Rivage and Golden Nugget.
Read more on the Blessing of the Fleet website