May 27, 2012
The Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce will host the 35th Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Participants line up and follow the Uncle Sam “Liberty” upriver to Casino Island where their boats will be blessed by area clergy. Blessing of the Fleet originated in the Greek islands and was brought to the United States by the Greek people. The blessing originated as a community effort to send off the fleet of seagoing vessels and their crews with prayers for safe passage and prosperity. The local blessing occurs opposite Casino Island and the “Liberty” is fitted with a speaker mounted on the bow so that the clergy can share in the blessing. As Memorial weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer boating and fishing season, it seems and appropriate time for the blessing.