Boat Parade - Information

  • Event begins at 6:00 pm
  • Please monitor channel #73
  • Maintain designated course and observe traffic
  • Maximum speed: 5 knots
  • Emergency contact: Channel #73

Course Information and Map

Blessing of the Fleet route 2019

Staging Areas

Please be in your designated staging area by 5:55 pm. Refer to the map above and the directions below for assistance.

1 - Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards (SUP's) will meet off the city docks
2 - Sailboats will meet off Harbor Point (south of the city mooring areas—out from Irish Boat Shop)
3 - Power boats will meet near the end of Harbor Point (south of the city mooring areas). 

Special Note to Kayaks, Canoes and SUP’s:  We recommend launching kayaks, canoes and paddleboards at Josephine Ford Park. Please do so early enough so you have time to paddle to meet up at the staging area by 5:55 pm.

The order of the parade is as follows: 
 - Odawa jimaam
 - Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards

 - Little Traverse Sailors
 - Stafford’s Pointer boat
 - Sailing Craft (sailing craft must be under power)
 - Power Boats
 - VIP Boats
 - Emmet County Marine Patrol and Harbor Springs Marine Patrol
 - U.S. Coast Guard


The procession will be in a clockwise direction and will pass between the M/Y CANIM and the end of the city dock.  M/Y CANIM will be anchored about 200 feet south of the city dock (see map above). Please maintain a no-wake speed of no more than 5 knots and pass by on the north side (dock side) of Canim, where your watercraft will be blessed while you are moving. 

For power boats and sailing craft under power, red and green channel markers will be placed to direct your route to the west of Canim, where you will turn right to pass Canim for the BlessingIf space permits, you may hold your vessel east of the Canim and south of the city's mooring area to watch the remainder of the parade. A memorial wreath ceremony will take place following the boat parade.

In case of malfunction that may interrupt traffic immediately contact channel #73, which will be monitored by the Harbor Patrol. During the event, many vessels will be operating in close quarters and each captain/boater is expected to assume liability for the safe operation of their vessel. Please be alert! Neighboring yachts clubs have been notified of this event however cross traffic, vessels on moorings and non-participating vessels may present navigational hazards.

This is an at your own risk event. The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society (HSAHS) and their partners will work to ensure a safe and smooth event, however, HSAHS assumes no liability expressed or implied.

Committee Boats

Flagship — M/Y CANIM —Lisa & Marty Sutter
Fleet Admiral — Elegante—Pat & Bill Anton

Fleet Captains

Kayaks, Canoes, SUPs—TBA
Sailing Craft—TBA
Power Boats—TBA

General Assistance—Dan Kimball
Safety—Harbor Springs Police Department Marine Patrol


 - 5:55 p.m - Flagship M/Y CANIM blows its horn to indicate the start of the event
 - Welcome on Channel #73 given by Fred Geuder
 - “Star Spangled Banner” preformed by the Harbor Springs Community Band
 - 6:00 p.m. - Invocation by Father Joe Blasko of Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church
 - Blessing parade begins with the Odawa jiimaan canoe and follows the order listed above
 - Final prayer by Father Joe Blasko
 - Tossing of the memorial wreath
 - Boat horns sound to end the Blessing of the Fleet

Exhibit Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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    Harbor Springs, MI 49740

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