A Blessing on the water this Easter: Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival
On Easter Sunday follow the pilgrimage to Ulladulla harbour for the traditional Italian blessing ceremony under the watchful eye of St Peter, the Patron Saint of the fisherman and the festival’s princesses in the Milton Ulladulla Exservos Club Festival Parade with the myriad of colourful floats.
The first Blessing of the Fleet at Ulladulla was staged in 1956 when the Catholic Parish Priest Father Weatherall suggested to the boat owners and crews that they should follow the old and revered tradition of blessing the boats. The blessing ceremony was to ensure that the fisherman would return to port and have a bountiful catch. From these early beginnings, the festival is now a major significant holiday event for the whole south coast.
Music … dancing … music will be right around town all day, from the harbourside stage to the Civic Centre grounds, as 1000s of people enjoy a great day out in beautiful Ulladulla on the South Coast. And don’t forget to check out the Scottish tattoo.
The Blessing of the Fleet is an honoured tradition kept alive by the Italian fishing community and the proud community of Ulladulla. The tradition of blessing the fishing fleet with prayer for safe travel and bountiful catches is kept alive by the blessing ceremony.
The Ulladulla and Districts Blessing of the Fleet Festival is coordinated by the Milton Ulladulla Rotary Club.
So be sure to sample the excitement of the day, and join the fun for rides, exhibitions, kids zone and other great activities with live entertainment taking place throughout the day around Ulladulla with the night sky coming alive after dark for the festival’s fantastic fireworks show!
Proudly sponsored by the Shoalhaven City Council and Milton Ulladulla Exservos Club.