Boats, bicycles and blessings, oh my!

By Meghan Neely | Jul 07, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely Young spectators at the Blessing of the Fleet take aim at oncoming boats in Onset Harbor.

More than 40 boats sailed into Onset Harbor this year for the 5th annual Blessing of the Fleet.

Decked out in shades of red, white and blue for Independence Day, the boats circled Onset Bay to receive a splash of holy water from Father Antonio of St. Patrick's Parish.

The event is an age old tradition according to Onset Bay Association Executive Director Kat Jones, designed to protect sailors and their vessels while out at sea.

"It's a very important day," said Event Co-Organizer Eleanor Martin. "It's a celebration of our community and our country."

Spectators on shore also got involved in the blessing, squirting passing boats with water guns and even coming under fire themselves.

Children of all ages also got to take a patriotic lap around Onset Pier, participating in the bicycle parade, doll carriage parade and pet parade.

"It's a tradition we want to keep going," Jones said. "People really love it."


The crew of the boat Family Ties sails towards Onset Pier with a huge American Flag. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
The crew of Valhalla show off their patriotism, complete with dancing dinosaur, (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Three buddies ride in style around Onset Pier before the Blessing of the Fleet. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Young bicyclists make a lap around Onset Pier for the bike parade. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
A member of the doll carriage parade forgoes red, white and blue for something a little more tropical. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 08, 2018 08:33

This looks like a good time.  I’m curious about how it’s done. It would be great to see a pic of Father Antonio performing a blessing.

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