The Town of Thunderbolt is proud to announce the return of Blessing of the Fleet. On hiatus since the 1980s, the festival pays tribute to Thunderbolt’s vibrant shrimping and fishing industries and seeks to honor the legacy of the community’s development.
The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that started in the early 1900’s, where a priest or pastor brought all the shrimp boats together and blessed them for a successful, safe, and prosperous shrimping season. Over the years shrimp boats and other vessels were included in the Blessing.
This year’s festival is planned for Saturday, May 29, 2023 from 11 am to 4 pm. The day kicks off with a parade down River Drive, where vendors will set up. Also included will be a stage with live music and other entertainment throughout the day, a beer garden with a VIP area for sponsors, and of course the blessing by Bishop Parkes of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.
For up to date information please visit, www.botfga.com.