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The Return of Grand Isle’s Blessing of the Fleet

The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet is back. On April 13th, 14th and 15th, the Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet and Fair will be taking place at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion. Organized by Brian and Debra Barthelemy, Chris Hernandez, Cherish Verdin and Renata Chaisson, the weekend will include music, fun for kids, rides, crafts, food and drinks, and a boat blessing. Bracelets for the full weekend are $50 and daily wrist bands are $20.

On Friday April 13th, the fun starts with an opening ceremony at the pavilion with music by DJ Capt P. On Saturday April 14th, the fair opens at 11:00 am with music by DJ Capt P until the band starts. From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, there will be a boat blessing at the A port dock and a rope throwing contest under the pavilion followed by music from Shorts in December from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There will then be a judging of the shrimp boat decorating contest from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and from there attendees will dance and party into the night to the sounds of music by Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition and Junior and Sumtin’ Sneaky. On Sunday, the fun will wrap up with kids’ crab races from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and music by Waylon Thibodeaux. There will also be an auction during the band breaks. Throughout the weekend there will be plenty of food and drinks for the crowd to enjoy.

The Admiral and Queen of the Blessing of the Fleet will be Mr. Harvey Cheramie Jr. and Mrs. Debra (Landry) Cheramie. They have been together since June 1st, 1990 when Harvey took Debra shrimping and they have been happily married since April 12, 2001. Harvey has been a proud shrimper for all of his 63 years and can’t imagine doing anything else. The couple is honored to be Admiral and Queen of this year’s blessing.

The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet is the perfect way to kick off the summer and the organizers are proud to be bringing this tradition back to the area.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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