Kemah's Blessing of the Fleet Sunday August 3rd 2003
                        Kemah, Gulf Coast, TX  Blessing of the Fleet Sunday August 3rd 2003
                    Parade Pictures of Entered Shrimp, Pleasure & Commercial Boats
                              $11,000 Dollars + in prizes for best decorated boats!
                               Line up anywhere on the Boardwalk for the best view.

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Blessing of the Fleet – 35th annual ceremony in Kemah.  Brightly decorated shrimp boats and pleasure craft file past the Cadillac Bar where the officiating priest and minister bless each of the boats.
"Won't you join us
this year for this time honored family tradition?" Getting
an entry form is
easy just click

Blessing of the fleet Saturday August 3rd  & Sunday August 34 Annual Blessing of the Fleet Kemah, TX, www.kemah.net 4th, 2002 in Kemah, Texas Call 281-334-1106
here is a boat
KEMAH TX - Ralph Yarborough, BOF Parade Chairman
Asks, "won't you join us this year for this time honored family tradition?" Getting an entry form is easy - just click above or call me 281-334-1106 or Email Ralph@underwaterinc.com you may also call Claire Worthington at 281-334-2303, or Gene Rutt, Kemah Boardwalk Marina 555 Bradford Street, Kemah 281-334-2284. See you there for this great spectator Event!

Sponsorship Opportunities: Company Name On Website Link if desired For more information on these sponsor opportunities call Claire at  (281) 334-2303 or email us at KemahNetInfo@Houston.rr.com
Your contributions back the Blessing of the Fleet publicity and advertising committee activities.

Date: Sunday, August 3,2003
Boat Line Up:    1:00PM (in Clear Lake)
Parade Starts:    2:00PM
Awards Ceremony:  4:30PM IN THE PLAZA KEMAH (BOARDWALK BAND STAND)
Location: OF JUDGES and CLERGY Cadillac Authentic Mexican Restaurant Deck


This years Blessing emphasizes our responsibility for one
another and our inter linked fates on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay!

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"Our  prayer  for  this  Blessing is that every pleasure/charter/ brokerage  boat in every marina 
in Bay Area Houston will  join with the commercial fishing boats this year in the huge
celebration marking the  35th Anniversary of the Annual Blessing of the Fleet."

here is a boat
"Seaweed" Captained by Mike Johnson 1st place under 40'
 2002 Blessing of the Fleet with 2 US Marines on the bough.  (Hoo-yah!)   

KEMAH, TX. On Sunday, August 3, 2003, the 35th Annual Ceremonial Blessing of  the Fleet is scheduled to transform Galveston Bay at the Kemah Bridge from just a busy sun dappled paradise into the lavish traditional parade of shrimpers, the yacht crowd, day sailors and thousands of dock watchers - a day unlike any other in the Bay Area. The annual celebration of the opening of the big net Shrimping Season that  include the centuries old tradition of a maritime parade:  the festively decorated  shrimp  boats, pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes festooned with every color of ribbons, sailing banners, flowers.  One by one parade
passed the Cadillac Authentic Mexican Restaurant on the Kemah Boardwalk, where each boat will receive a Blessing from both the officiating Priest and Minister. Every boat is welcome, every mariner encouraged to participate - no decoration is required to parade
by to receive the Ceremonial Blessing.

Shrimp Boat
Capt. Wally's Really Big Catch of the Day
All Decorated Boats will be judged by an esteemed panel of local Judges. Bragging rights in various categories will be awarded, including "The Best Decorated Boat" from all among all boats participating. Winners in the Pleasure Craft category will be awarded a beautiful engraved plaque commemorating the achievement. Commercial Fishing Boats and Commercial
Charter Boats will compete to win Big Cash Prizes!  But remember:  ONLY REGISTERED BOATS ARE ELIGIBLE
FOR PRIZES

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Boaters turn out for
 Blessing of the Fleet
HISTORY: The  Blessing of the Fleet is a Tradition Deeply Ingrained in our Bayside History: For 35 years, the  1st Sunday in August began in our fishing community as a celebration of the opening of the big-net shrimping season invoking the blessings of God for a bountiful
catch, for the safety of boats and crews, and for the continued propagation of the species
that sustained the industry. The Blessing of the Fleet now includes all commercial and
recreational boats, as well as all crews. The Blessing was designed to be fun and
entertaining, but on a more serious level, the emphasis was always on the spiritual
acknowledgment that God is in charge.
ANCIENT HISTORY: Long before the Kemah tradition, the original ceremonial
Blessing of the Fleet had its beginnings at the Council of Nicia in 325 AD. It was
then believed that on an Ethereal, Environmental and Eternal level all people
were linked, therefore responsible for one another and therefore also called
by God to be good, responsible stewards of the environment to insure their
survival and a bountiful day's catch. What was true almost 2000 years ago
for those early fisherman is still truth today for our commercial fishing
industry and the recreational boating communities:  That
to insure the
survival of both, the commercial fishing and recreational boating industries
must work together.

Date: Sunday, August 3,2003
Boat Line Up:    1:00PM (in Clear Lake)
Parade Starts:    2:00PM
Awards Ceremony:  4:30PM IN THE PLAZA KEMAH (BOARDWALK BAND STAND)
Location: OF JUDGES and CLERGY Cadillac Authentic Mexican Restaurant Deck

                                                    Online Registration Click Here

Sponsored by the Kemah Boardwalk


SPONSORED 
BY
Sponsored by City of Kemah

Contact Ralph Yarborough (281) 334-1106 Ralph@Underwaterinc.com for more Boating info.

CLERGY FOR EVENT

Monsignor Cargill
St. Mary's Catholic Church 
League City, TX
281-332-3031
Rev. David Wright 
Southshore Non-Denominational Church
Kemah, TX 
281-538-1751

Mayor Bill King and Neptune
Coronation of King Neptune (Jim Duderstadt)  Aug 5th  2001 Owner of the Shrimp Boat With Mayor King
click here for 2001 pictures
 

The Ceremonial
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CAROL & COMPANY FLORIST KEMAH TX

603 6th Street


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