The Blessing of the Fleet in St. Augustine, a historical ceremony dating back to the city's earliest days of Spanish colonial occupation, takes place each year on Palm Sunday. The 2024 date is Sunday, March 24, 2024, and all vessels — commercial and pleasure — are invited to receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
The tradition has roots in the Spanish Colonial days when seafaring vessels were blessed, so they would have a safe journey. The tradition continues in 2024 and all watercraft from trawlers to yachts are welcome. Each vessel is encouraged to decorate with flags and bunting as well.
The ceremony begins at noon on Sunday, March 24, 2024, with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de la Constitución to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. The traditional blessing takes place at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. The event is open to the public and can be viewed from the docks, from the Bridge of Lions, and from the water.
When: Noon, Sunday, March 24, 2024
Where: Begins at the Cathedral Basilica located at 38 Cathedral Place (along the plaza) and ends at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina located at 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
For more information, call (904) 824-9725.