Blessing of the Fleet

Since time immemorial, men have gone down to the sea and ships. In Alabama’s fishing village of Bayou La Batre, the seafood industry is king and the success of the harvest as well as the safety of the fishing fleet is of utmost concern. For the last 68 years, the traditional blessing of the fleet has grown to be a huge event combining the solemnity of the Archbishop of Mobile’s blessing with the joyous celebration of the bounty of the sea. Journey Proud goes to the Bayou to meeting the fisherman, clergy, parishioners and townspeople who produce the event and drive the local fishing economy.

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