Fairfield kicks off summer with annual blessing of the fleet

Saturday marked the blessing of the fleet for the community in Southport.



Dozens of people gathered in Southport for the event, which is a centuries-old tradition that started in fishing communities as a way to ensure a safe and bountiful season.



Families lined the streets as the day kicked off with a parade. Live marching bands banged their drums and sounded off their horns. There was also a mini car show. American flags waved in the air as spectators showed their patriotism.



All of the festivities led up to a fleet of boats being blessed as they sailed across the water.



 


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