Blessing Boat Parade on the Harbor

Jun 27, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Little Traverse Bay

Register your watercraft today to take part in our 12th annual Blessing of the Fleet boat parade on the harbor. Each vessel is blessed for a safe and fun boating season as they parade by our flagship, Canim and in front of the main city dock. Vessels of all shapes and sizes are welcome from canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to sailboats, motor boats and yachts.

While registration is free, donations to the society of $200 or more include a commemorative baseball cap as well as five chances to win our raffle. A nautical flag garland is complimentary for the first 20 boat registrations.

Radio and course information are emailed to registered participants in the days leading up to the event, so be sure to include a valid email address when registering.

While a more detailed schedule of events will be posted before the event, in general, vessels are asked to be at their staging locations on the harbor by 5:45 pm. The Woodland Singers from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will smudge their jiimaan (canoe) and preform a water blessing song at the end of the city dock at 5:30 pm before the parade kicks off at 6 pm with the souding of the horn from Canim.

For lodging information while attending the Blessing of the Fleet, visit