Blessing of the Fleet:  A Coastal Georgia Tradition

The blessing of the fleet, a centuries-old tradition, involves clergy asking for bountiful harvests and protection for fishermen.

Georgia's blessing focuses on shrimp boats. Three communities combine the blessing with seafood festivals.

Darien holds the largest fleet blessing on the Georgia coast, attracting over 30,000 visitors annually.

The highlight is the boat parade and blessing ceremony. Visitors enjoy a 5K, fireworks, and a shrimp heading contest.

Brunswick hosts the state's oldest Blessing of the Fleet, featuring a kids' fishing tournament and live music.

Bagpipes play during the Brunswick blessing ceremony.

Thunderbolt, near Savannah, hosts a Blessing of the Fleet that returned in 2024 after a 3-year hiatus.

Thunderbolt celebrates the local fishing community, offering visitors a festive atmosphere and the traditional blessing.

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