The annual Blessing Of The Fleet will take place at Sydney Fish Market (SFM) on Sunday 23rd September, with a fun day of celebrations planned including live entertainment, kids amusement, competitions, displays and delicious food.
The Italian tradition of blessing fishing boats at the beginning of Spring was introduced to Sydney by the Bagnato family who immigrated in the 1950s. The Bagnatos were from a coastal village and brought their fishing skills with them, setting up and still operating the fleet that supplies the SFM. For the blessing ceremony, they’ll clean and polish their boats, and decorate them with balloons, streamers and bunting. A large statue of the Madonna as Santa Maria Di Porto Salvo ( St. Mary of Safe Ports), mounted on a litter – a wooden platform with four large poles attached – will be carried in procession while a band plays and the crowd follows. The priest at the head of the procession will bless the boats and then the partying begins. Highlights include the popular spaghetti eating competition, interactive displays, a main stage for live music and rare access to the Blackwattle Bay wharf.
10:30am – 3pm, Sydney Fish Market,
SFM – Blessing of the Fleet

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