Annual Swinomish Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony


Marissa Conklin

FULL SCALE MEAL SERVICE – Skagit River System Cooperative staff members served salmon, seafood and side dishes to those attending annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies at Swinomish last Thursday. The tribal gymnasium was filled with diners. Many joined in a walking procession to the shoreline for a program and prayer service asking protection for Swinomish fishers.

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch.

But that is not entirely true, as was the case at Swinomish Thursday.

That's when the local tribal community held its annual Blessing of the Fleet and First Salmon Ceremony, which led off with a noontime feast of salmon and seafood provided by Swinomish fishers.

The tribe's gymnasium was filled with those taking part in the meal, many of whom later walked in a large procession up Pioneer Parkway and down Moorage Way to the shoreline, where clergy and prayer warriors of various faiths asked protection for those venturing out on the water this seas...

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