Narragansett’s annual Blessing of the Fleet Celebration will take place July 25 to 27 this year, with the 48th annual Blessing of the Fleet scheduled for noon on Saturday, July 27, at Salty Brine State Beach in Galilee.
Organized by the Narragansett Lions Club, the event has been held annually since 1972, when radio host and Lions Club member Walter “Salty” Brine invited members of the state’s clergy to bless the Point Judith fishing boat fleet. At that time, it was a one-day event, but over the years, it has grown into a three-day festival that includes a certified road race, a festive parade of both commercial and recreational boats, food and live music.
The festival begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Memorial Square (near the Towers), and features food vendors, games, rides, a beer tent and music performed by local bands. The festival continues from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The 10-mile road race and walk takes place on Friday. The walk begins at 5 p.m. and the run begins at 6 p.m. The race starts at Narragansett Pier School and ends at the post office near Narragansett Pier. The course offers a beautiful view of Narragansett Bay and local neighborhoods.
The parade of boats on Saturday takes place at noon, and is a free event. Prior to the parade, there will be informational events on the local fishing industry displayed in the beach parking lot adjacent to the breachway, including walking tours, seafood displays, videos and demonstrations.
For more information, visit http://narragansettlionsclub.org.