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A former shrimping boat now trawls for oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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Father Michael Guidry, LA, blesses passing boats at the Blessing of the Fleet in Morgan City, LA.

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“Shrimp Queen” candidates at a special Blessing of the Fleet mass at St. Michael’s church in Biloxi, Miss.

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Catholic Bishop Joseph Howze blesses each passing boat from rubber rafts to real shrimp fleets at the Blessing of the Fleet festival in Biloxi, Miss.

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Bishop Joseph Howze celebrates a special Blessing of the Fleet mass at St. Michael’s church in Biloxi, Miss.

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One of many brightly-decorated boats at the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet near Biloxi, Mississippi.

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From rubber rafts to shrimp fleets, boats line up for the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet near Biloxi, Miss.

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