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Biloxi seafood history celebrated at Fais Do Do

This year's Fais Do Do held at Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News) This year's Fais Do Do held at Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)

There was plenty of excitement at Point Cadet Plaza in Biloxi on Saturday. It's one of the many events leading up to the 86th Annual Blessing of the Fleet. This year's Fais Do Do welcomed crowds with an assortment of entertainment and a new view of Biloxi's Back Bay.

This year's Fais Do Do offered new scenery at Point Cadet Plaza.

"Every year it's gotten bigger and bigger and we're just glad to be back on the Point where it originated. We've had so many people that have come today and come up to us and say, 'We're just so glad to be back home for the Fais Do Do,'" said Chairman of Blessing of the Fleet Wendy Fayard.

Last year the event was held at the Biloxi Town Green which isn't quite as spacious. On the grounds of this year's event were plenty of vendors offering everything from artwork to furniture and jewelry. Under the pavilion, tasty boiled shrimp, corn and potatoes. The food options were abundant.

"Food is wonderful. We just finished eating some shrimp. So it was wonderful. The music is wonderful to hear it. And we've already done some shopping and so we enjoyed all the special vendors here," said Patti Diamond.

The common theme in the Fais Do Do is seafood and Biloxi's rich ties to the industry.

Displays under the seafood museum showcased families who worked in Biloxi's seafood industry.

"Long time ago the fishermen and all the seafood workers, that was the industry of Biloxi. The whole end of Point Cadet that's what everybody did for a living," said Fayard.

The Dubaz family was one of many families, that came to Biloxi to work with seafood.

"My family came to Biloxi in 1903 from Pensacola because they heard about the jobs for all the family members to work in the seafood industry. So my great grandfather brought his whole family over here including my grandfather who was the youngest who was age five and as soon as he turned six he started working in the factories shucking oysters," Dubaz explained.

During the event a coronation for the shrimp king and queen was held.

The 2015 Shrimp Queen is Maria Skrmetti. The 2015 Shrimp King is David Luke.

Sunday you can watch the Blessing of the Fleet wreath-drop and boat parade by viewing it between the area of the schooner pier and Beau Rivage starting at 2 p.m.

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