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Palm Sunday Blessing of the Fleet

Enjoy a scenic cruise of St. Augustine's Matanzas River and get #blessed on this once-a-year-sailing!

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Soak up the sunshine, grab your favorite drink at the bar, and enjoy spectacular views of the river as you take part in this once-a-year sailing that dates back hundreds of years to European maritime tradition. All ages and backgrounds welcome! Book now!

For the first time ever, the Black Raven invites you to take part in a centuries old maritime tradition which only happens once a year! Since 1946, St. Augustine has celebrated the Blessing of the Fleet every year on Palm Sunday, when all of St. Augustine’s finest ships line up in the harbor to get blessed by the archbishop following a processional through the center of Spanish colonial St. Augustine, the Plaza de la Constitucion. This tradition reflects the European Catholic roots of the city when Catholic priests would bless merchant ships to ensure a safe a bountiful fishing season.

The Black Raven welcomes guests of all backgrounds to join in on this special event. Sip on a delicious drink from the bar as you take in spectacular views of the Matanzas River. Enjoy a relaxing scenic cruise and take in the sunshine from the deck of a pirate ship during this once-a-year sailing. Bring along friends, family, and all your closest loved ones and get #blessed!