Scaled-back Blessing to cover two weekends

The annual Blessing of the Fleet, originally scheduled to take place this weekend, will be a two-weekend affair this year because of inclement weather expected from Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend.

The Blessing scheduling updates, along with a report on Cristobal and the latest coronavirus numbers, are among the topics in today’s Be Prepared report. The numbers: 238 new cases of the coronavirus were identified statewide in the past 24 hours.

The Mass of the Blessing will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, on Point Cadet. One of the popular gatherings, the Fais do-do, which is French for street dance, will not be held this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And for this 91st annual edition of the blessing, the coronation of the Blessing king and queen will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. It will be closed to the public and the ceremony will be streamed live on the Biloxi Blessing Facebook page.

The centerpiece of the Blessing, the actual Blessing of the Fleet itself, has been pushed to next weekend, on Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m., in the Biloxi channel.

Blessed boaters: Shrimp and recreational boats are welcome to receive be in the blessing lineup. No applications are needed. Cash prizes will be given: $1,000, to best-decorated boat; $500, second place; and a $500 participation award will be given to a selected working boat.  Questions? Contact Kay Miller, 228-435-6339 or
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