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Blessing of the Fleet

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An annual tradition each Mother's Day Sunday, this beautiful Old World processional through Historic Hanover Square was started by the Portuguese community in 1938 to commemorate the first appearance of The Blessed Virgin to three children near the town of Fatima, Portugal on May 13, 1917. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park.

This colorful Portuguese tradition, each Mother's Day in historic downtown Brunswick, blesses the brightly decorated shrimp boats prior to the start of shrimping season each year.

77th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

77th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

May 9th to 10th, 2015

The 77th Annual Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet will take place at Sidney Lanier Park in Historic Downtown Brunswick on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and on Sunday, May 10th from 11:00am to 5:00pm with the actual blessing being held on Sunday at 3:00pm.