- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

DELCAMBRE, La. (AP) — The Rev. Nathan Comeaux wore his classic vestment as he stood on the deck of “T-Turbo” to bless the fleet of shrimp boats.

The Advocate reports more than 1,000 people converged Sunday on the Port of Delcambre (DEL’-kuhm) for its annual Shrimp Festival, which featured the Fisherman’s Mass followed by the traditional blessing of the fleet.

Five shrimp boats decorated with streamers and flags and loaded with family, friends and festival royalty paraded through the Port of Delcambre as Rev. Comeaux waved his chrome aspergillum to bless each passing boat with holy water.

Rev. Comeaux, who presided over his third blessing of the fleet Sunday, said the Delcambre community holds the blessing in high reverence.

The blessing of the shrimp fleet began in 1953 with auxiliary bishops from Lafayette invoking God’s blessing.


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