Blessing of the Fleet – Postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date!

 

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Help us to create a new Tampa tradition as we get ready for the summer boating season.  At the start of summer boating and commercial fishing season in port cities all across America, fleets receive blessings to wish them safe boating and journeys – ceremonies that date back to their earliest dates of 1492!  We hope to do this every summer to kick off Tampa’s summer boating season for both commercial and recreational boaters.

 

Large and Small Boats:

Both large and small boats are invited to participate.  Large boats will be blessed in the Convention Center Basin at the Pirate Water Taxi dock, while small boats (under 12 feet tall) will continue the parade up the river to a blessing station at Curtis Hixon Park and a judging station at Armature Works.

As a small boat, to be even considered for the prizes, you MUST pass by all of the stations – Convention Center, Curtis Hixon Park, and Armature Works. 

Once you register, you will receive a number a few days prior to the parade via email to be placed visibly on your boat, starboard side, so that we are able to judge the boat efficiently.

Decorating Competition:

All registered boaters will be entered to win prizes for the best decorated boat. All things will be considered so decorate to the best of your ability. Some ideas are flags, pennants, showing your Tampa Bay pride, your support for local sports teams,music playing, crew uniforms, and much more! We do discourage boaters from throwing items to the crowds however.  See sample decorated boats:

*As a small boat, to be even considered for the prizes, you MUST pass by all of the stations – Convention Center, Curtis Hixon Park, and Armature Works. *

Prizes:

Large Boats:
1st Place – $1000 and a trophy
2nd Place – $500 and a trophy
3rd Place – Two night stay in a Downtown Tampa Hotel with Pirate Water Taxi tickets, trophy

Small Boats:
1st Place – $1000 and a trophy
2nd Place – $500 and a trophy
3rd Place – Two night stay in a Downtown Tampa Hotel with Pirate Water Taxi tickets, trophy