Blessing of the Fleet occurs after flood delay

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WEST ALTON, MO (KPLR) – Saturday the much delayed blessing of the fleet occurred in West Alton. The blessing of the fleet was originally scheduled July 19th, but flooding on the Mississippi River forced the event be rescheduled to August.

The blessing of the fleet went off without hitch with under gray skies, as the boats lined up passing by the shrine one by one for the 57th year.

Multimedia journalist Wade Smith was on AquaFox for the festivities.