Blessing of the Fleet is an annual event held on Palm Sunday that is sponsored by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. There will be a processional through the Plaza de la Constitucion by the papal leadership of the Cathedral Basilica, the Knights of Columbus, and St. Augustine’s own Royal Family.
The processional concludes on the waterfront at the fuel dock of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina where the Bishop stands on a raised platform, sprinkling holy water on any vessel that makes its way past the dock in a procession of boats.
This festive event is steeped in tradition and has its’ roots in the hopes of those who went to sea for a bountiful shrimp season when St. Augustine’s harbor was filled with fleets of commercial trawlers. The tradition continues today as those who fish, commercially and for sport, seek blessings on their vessels for an abundant catch and for all those who take to the waterways who seek safety upon the water and a safe return home.