Blessing of the Fleet
Saturday, August 17, 2019

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Alton Marina, 1 Henry Street, Alton IL 62002
(618) 462-9860
Blessing of the Fleet

The boats will be parading along the Mississippi River en route to Our Lady of the River for the annual Blessing of the Fleet.  Two boat parades, one leaving Yacht Club of St. Louis heading downstream and one leaving Harbor Point Yacht Club heading upstream depart at 1 p.m. and then merge to pass by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Waters in Portage Des Sioux at 2:15 p.m.

The Lower Pool Parade will start at the Alton Marina at 1 p.m. and will be led by the cruiser “Audy B II”. Here the boats will proceed upstream to the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine. 

The Upper Pool Parade will start at Yacht Club of St. Louis in the Dardenne Slough at 1 p.m. and will be led by the cruiser
“Willpower”. Here they will proceed downstream to eventually merge with the Lower Pool group at 2:15 p.m. where each boat will be blessed by Father Robert Banken of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

The theme for the year is Mardi Gras. For more information, please go to:


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