Blessing of the Fleet to include boat parade, speeches and music

The community is invited to the 49th annual Blessing of the Fleet at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the old Morris-Fisher factory tall stack on Omega Protein property at 610 Menhaden Road in Reedville.

Some seating is available, but it is suggested to bring lawn chairs, reported Valli Mittner of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, one of several sponsors.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries old tradition started in European fishing villages to bless the men at sea, said Mittner. Many fishing villages in the U.S. still…