Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Celebrating Ocean Culture in New Bedford

For the 9th year in a row the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford was a huge success. This past weekend’s festival brought droves of fishermen and their families, seaside businesses, school children, ocean enthusiasts and seafood lovers across New England together to enjoy a closer look at the “life on the water” culture. Musical acts, poets, and entertainers from near and far joined with local fishermen and organizations to showcase this year’s theme “Fishtales: Fact, Fiction and Narrative Tradition.”

The free and open to the public festival, located at the State Fish Pier, the Steamship Pier and Fishermen’s Wharf off of MacArthur Drive, offered event goers the opportunity to witness whale boat racing, cooking demonstrations, and even a touch tank provided by Ellen Goethal of Explore the Ocean World. At approximately 1:00pm on Sunday the Very Rev. Constantine S. Bebis of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Dartmouth provided the 43rd blessing of the fleet ceremony.

I was happy to not only show my support for the fishing industry but to also participate as a member of the Northeast Seafood Coalition. It was a pleasure to be there, and I look forward to next year’s event. Please click here to learn more about the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford. Posted below are a few photos that I took on Sunday.