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Members of the 65th annual Blessing of the Fleet court wait for Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (not pictured) to deliver the prayer in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, May 4, 2014. From left are Fleet Blessing Queen Cassidy Faith Lannie and Fleet Blessing maids Katherine Landry, Kim Thao Le, and Michelle Dai. The first fleet blessing was held by St. Margaret's Catholic Church in 1949, carrying on a long European tradition of asking God's favor for a bountiful seafood harvest and protection from the perils of the sea. The highlight of the event is a blessing of the boats by the local Catholic archbishop and the tossing of a ceremonial wreath in memory of those who have lost their lives at sea. The event also includes a land parade and a parade of decorated boats that slowly cruise through the bayou. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)
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Bayou La Batre, Alabama - 65th annual Blessing of the Fleet 2014
Members of the 65th annual Blessing of the Fleet court wait for Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (not pictured) to deliver the prayer in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, May 4, 2014. From left are Fleet Blessing Queen Cassidy Faith Lannie and Fleet Blessing maids Katherine Landry, Kim Thao Le, and Michelle Dai. The first fleet blessing was held by St. Margaret's Catholic Church in 1949, carrying on a long European tradition of asking God's favor for a bountiful seafood harvest and protection from the perils of the sea. The highlight of the event is a blessing of the boats by the local Catholic archbishop and the tossing of a ceremonial wreath in memory of those who have lost their lives at sea. The event also includes a land parade and a parade of decorated boats that slowly cruise through the bayou. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)