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.