2008 50th Annual Crab Festival
Kodiak Island, AK
Blessing of the Fleet (Russian Orthodox)

This guys was paddeling his bidarka (authentic!) around the pier.
Holy water container - brought from the church to mix with hig pressure hose water off the pier.
The last vessel blessed takes this on board to sail back to the harbor (maybe out to sea?). Each ribbon recognizes a fisherman or woman who lost their life in the previous year's fishing seaon. That basically means that for each ribbon on th wreath someone died, from Kodiak alone, fishing in 2007.
No, the priest isn't peering, I swear!
Dude, the priest is wearing Xtra tuff's under his robe!
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