The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will hold the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday afternoon at the Maine State Pier.

The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the pier located at Commercial and Franklin streets on the Portland waterfront.

“This blessing is a fun Catholic tradition that is celebrated in many maritime communities throughout the world,” said the Rev. Seamus Griesbach, pastor of the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes.

“We ask the Lord to bless all recreational boats and current mariners and their vessels as we begin the summer season,” Griesbach said.

The free event will feature a variety of boats, including water taxis, lobster boats, trawlers and a tugboat. All are welcome.

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