National Fisherman

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Shrimping season in Mississippi waters is just around the corner and to prepare for any fishing season fishermen take part in the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Biloxi.
Sunday marked the 85th year of the event which is one of the oldest blessing ceremonies in the country.
WLOX News was aboard the Pan American Clipper with this year's Shrimp King and Queen as well as Father Gregory Barras who was blessing the boats.
Fifty-seven decorated working and pleasure boats cruised the channel slowly passing the Pan American Clipper to greet the 2014 Shrimp King and Queen and receive a blessing for a safe and abundant fishing season from Father Gregory Barras of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi.
"Praying for each of them to have safety out into the water and then back and that they have a good catch and able to sustain their lives with that," said Barras.
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