The annual Blessing of the Fleet that was scheduled for last Saturday on the Mississippi River has been rescheduled for August 9. The procession begins from two different points around 1pm, with some boats coming from upstream and the others coming from downstream. The vessels will merge at about 2:15 near the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers in Portage des Sioux, Missouri.
There will be several locations on both sides of the river where people can watch the procession, including the Palisades Yacht Club and the adjoining harbor, which is next to the statue. Event spokesman Darryll Weil says this will be the 57th annual Blessing of the Fleet.
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Participants will compete for awards in specific categories by decorating to a designated theme for each year and are invited to gather following the parade and blessing for a fun and festive awards ceremony held at a local area marina. For more information, click on the link: http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/