March for the Madonnas

FREMANTLE’S Blessing of the Fleet displays the local Italian community’s devotion to Madonna di Capo d’Orlando and Madonna dei Martiri for a bountiful fishing season.

The tradition originated from the Italian town of Molfetta and was bought here by Italian migrant fishermen in the hope of continuing this important custom.

This year’s festivities take place tomorrow, Sunday October 27.

Firstly, there will be a solemn Mass in honour of the two Madonnas at 9.45am at St Patrick’s Basilica in Adelaide Street, Fremantle, celebrated by archbishop Barry Hickey.

The big procession leaves the Basilica at 2pm, winding its way through the streets of Fremantle to arrive at Fishing Boat Harbour for the 3.30pm blessing.

There’s a fireworks display to end the blessing, before everyone heads back to the Basilica for a final service.

Then there’s a big evening fireworks display at Fishing Boat Harbour from 8pm. It’s all free and a great day for the whole family

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