9th Working Waterfront Festival winds down with blessing of fleet

NEW BEDFORD — With an invocation to “bless, preserve and protect” the city’s fishermen, the ninth annual Working Waterfront Festival wound down Sunday afternoon with its traditional blessing of the fleet ceremony.

The yearly festival takes over three piers each September to showcase the city’s commercial fishing industry and the people who work in it with boat tours, talks, music and even a fish cook-off between professional chefs. The festival’s theme this year was “fish tales,” and speakers were brought in to explain the facts and fictions, myths and legends of the ocean and the men who fish it, said Kirsten Bendiksen, associate festival director.

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