The traditional Maria Tindari- Black Madonna procession happens every year in Fremantle about a month before the Blessing of the Fleet, and the 3 pm daylight fireworks always come as a big surprise to the Sunday crowd, as it did again on Sunday.
The procession starts at the Basilica in Adelaide Street and wanders through the West of the city and Cappuccino Strip.
The Blessing of the Fleet is on again the last Sunday in October.
It is going to be very busy in Fremantle this Sunday with road closures in the morning for the Fremantle Fun Run, so it might be a bit more difficult to get to your favourite West End cafe. The event starts on the Esplanade at 8 am.
In Beach Street is the Customs Cars Coffee event between 9-11 am, and from 2 pm on the procession of the Black Madonna will snake from the Basilica through the city centre and that will also involve road closures.
But that should not discourage anyone from coming to Fremantle, as it is going to be a glorious day just perfect for a day out and having a nice alfresco lunch while soaking up the sunshine and atmosphere in gorgeous Freo. What better place to be to celebrate the Dockers’ win over Port Adelaide.
Here some photos of today’s BLESSING OF THE FLEET in Fremantle and from the again disappointing Seafood Festival in the Fishing Boat Harbour. The latter is not substantial enough to be called a festival, and the organisors should drastically improve it next year it or cancel it.
The Blessing of course is always worth going to town for as it is such a lovely tradition that is deeply rooted in the Italian culture. I love it.
The month of October started today and it’s only 24 more days till the start of the annual FREMANTLE FESTIVAL. All the traditional goodies are there with the starting weekend seeing the Blessing of the Fleet and the Seafood Festival on October 27. The next weekend will let us celebrate our Indigenous and coffee culture when the Wardarnji Festival and the Coffee Festival are on November 2 and 3. The last weekend is traditionally the Street Parade and that will be on November 10. There will also be the first Craft Beer&Food Festival on the Esplanade that day, so we might see some inspired people taking part in the parade.
May I also mention how deeply touched I am that the City of Fremantle decided to celebrate my 65th birthday as the start day of this year’s festival on October 25. ; >) What a thoughtful mob those festival officers are.
The FREMANTLE FESTIVAL starts this Sunday October 28 with the Blessing of the Fleet at 2pm from the Basilica in Adelaide Street from where the processions will go through High and Henry streets to the Fishing Boat Harbour. At the Fishing Boat Harbour the inaugural SEAFOOD FESTIVAL is on from 11 am to 7 pm and after that closes the FIREWORKS will be on at 8 pm at Bathers Beach.
There is also the first SCULPTURES ON THE STREET around Blinco Street, organised by the Fibonacci Centre. It starts at 10 am on Sunday in several locations near Blinco Street.
Don’t complain that you’re feeling bored or that nothing happens in boring old Freo. Participate in the fun, make new friends, let your hair down and relax.
Only ten more days to the start of the Fremantle Festival, Australia’s oldest festival. It will start with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday October 28 and with the brand new Seafood Festival at the Fishing Boat Harbour from 11 am-8 pm, and the opening day will finish with sensational FIREWORKS over Bathers Beach at 8pm.
There is also Open Day on the Greens at the North Fremantle Bowling Club from 10.30 am- 7 pm, the Big Band Bossa Nova at the Town Hall from 3.30 pm- 5.30 pm and the Opera Undressed at Victoria Hall from 8 pm- 9 pm.
Check out the Fremantle Festival program on the web: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/files/8fb5a4d0-dd97-45d0-91a3-a0de00d13435/2012_Festival_PROGRAM_5_low_res.pdf and keep up to date via the Facebook page: http://createsend.com/t/r-152DFB9634C6FD96
This year’s festival program is full of good events, so I will report on those closer to the dates they happen.
Today is a special day in Australia. It’s AFL Grand Final day. Although I am not a fanatical football or sports fan I always watch the AFL final, as I do the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Boxing Day cricket test match. They are historic and significant days for me where we celebrate Australia.
It made me think of the stand out days in Fremantle for me and I can’t get passed the Blessing of the Fleet as one of my favourites. I used to love St Patricks Day when there was still a parade through Freo, but now it’s only drinking in the pub stuff that does not inspire me much at all.
On the heels of these two events come the Fremantle Festival Parade, The Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, the Easter weekend Street Art Festival and the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. All great events that make Freo special, and so is Australia Day and the fireworks over Bathers Beach.
I am also a huge fan of the free Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Art Centre and of the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Christmas Proms there, as I am of the Indian Food Festival on the Esplanade.
To paraphrase Freo councillor Rachel Pemberton, if you are bored in Freo it means you are not getting out much. Come join the fun, meet new people, be part of your community!
Tomorrow at 10 am is the start of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bicycle Ride at the Fremantle Art Centre!
If you don’t want to sit in front of the TV all weekend watching footy matches, there is plenty on in Fremantle this weekend and even on Monday.
On Saturday join the fun at Wray Avenue for the Verging Bushland initiative where native trees will be planted on the verges by the local community. It’s on from around 10 am.
Sunday will see the big worldwide YOGA AID at Kings Square from 11 am to 3 pm, so get involved and active for a good cause. Also on Sunday from 2pm is the procession of the Black Madonna through the inner city, so enjoy this lovely tradition. It starts at the Basilica opposite the Film and Television Institute in Adelaide Street.
On Monday Wheels West will do their own kind of procession, bringing stunning vintage motorcycles to Victoria Quay at B Shed between 11-2, so lovers of these noisy beasts should flock to the harbour.
Time to start the spring clean and empty the shed to find your Yoga mats, because on Sunday September 9 Fremantle will hold the YOGA AID day at Kings Square from 11-3.
Yoga Aid is a 24 hour global relay, starting in Australia and finishing at sunset in Los Angeles. Aim is to raise one million dollars for charity.
There will be 200 events in over 20 countries and 50 events across Australia, so start stretching those muscles, meditate and prepare yourself for a big day in Freo’s city square.
100% of money donated will go to the charities of your choice; Nelune, Black Dog, Barnados Australia, etc.
The day coincides with the procession of the Black Madonna in Fremantle, so it should be a pretty good day to chill out in our gorgeous city!
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I had a most wonderful weekend of indulging in community spirit and it made me realise how easy it is to improve life by engaging with other people, without having to spend a lot of money.
On Saturday I drove to Ingelwood to the Mondo’s Market. It is a tiny but lovely market just behind Vince Gareffa’s Mondo’s butcher shop on Beaufort Street and has a homely atmosphere. Live music was played by musicians from the Western Australian Youth Orchestra, while people mingle, eat, drink coffee and shop. Some of the most delicious small garlic I have ever eaten I bought from there.
Met my friend and WASO musician Alex Millier there, and several of his friends, including wine expert Peter Forrestall, and Matt who does the great Abstract Gourmet blog and who was cooking Empanandas. I also bumped into my old Swiss Italian friend Alberto and his Chinese wife Ying, who told me she is pregnant with their first baby. Happy days!! They invited me over for lunch. Delicious Black Angus steaks from Mondos and yummy salad. What a life. It was a delightful way of spending most of Saturday.
Sunday continued to be a community inspired day with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet in Fremantle. I have enjoyed this procession, and celebration of migration, hard work, the fishing tradition and religion, since I became aware of it years ago. It is always a special day in Fremantle.
I followed from there to the Navy Club in High Street, where the WA JAZZ CLUB has a concert from 4-7 every Sunday. Here was 15 year-old schoolboy Adrian Galante, on his birthday, playing the clarinet with the professionals like a pro. It was great!
I am ashamed to admit I had never never been to the club before, which is my loss. For only $ 15.00 as a non-member one can enjoy high quality music in very pleasant surroundings and with drink prices of the seventies. I was told they serve some pretty good food as well. I urge everyone to support this club. I will!
Wandering home at 7.30 I thought how blessed I am to live in such a gorgeous and safe country!