The traditional and very lovely Blessing of the Fleet was held in Fremantle again today, so don’t get a fright when the fireworks go off at 4pm and 8pm today.
The Blessing was held for the first time in Freo in 1948, the year I was born, so it is pretty old. Unlike me though it is still vibrant with many young people joining in the parade to the Fishing Boat Harbour, where they board the fishing boats for a ride through the harbour.
I love the tradition of the blessing as it has become so much more than a religious event and is now a true showcase of Freo’s fantastic multiculturalism.
Photos copyright Roel Loopers. Click on images to enlarge.
Although I am not religious the annual Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet procession is one of my favourite events of the years and I have rarely missed it in the last 20+ years. It is a true community event that should get a heritage listing because it is very special.
Even with God on one’s side not everything goes smooth, and while the parade through the city centre did not get rained on the Transperth 531 bus broke down at the roundabout of Queen and Adelaide streets and the procession had to snake around it, which almost decapitated the Madonna.
Here some impressions of today’s event and some of the best photos I have taken off it, if I may say so myself on my birthday.