Chicagoans gather for blessing of the boats

May 20, 2011 3:54:27 PM PDT
Chicago's boating season opened with a blessing Friday.

Firefighters, Navy veterans and others gathered at Navy Pier Friday for the blessing of the fleet, which is an annual tradition in Chicago.

The blessing began on land at the Captain of the Helm statue just south of Dock Street. Then a priest boarded a boat to pray for law enforcement, the coast guard and Chicago tour boats which were all docked at Navy Pier for the event.

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