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88th annual Fais Do-Do in Biloxi all about the shrimp

It's an annual event that brings people from all over the coast to Biloxi. The 88th annual Fais Do-Do and blessing of the fleet weekend is here. (Image Source: WLOX News) It's an annual event that brings people from all over the coast to Biloxi. The 88th annual Fais Do-Do and blessing of the fleet weekend is here. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Those who came out to enjoy a heaping plate of the Gulf Coast delicacies seemed pleased with the taste. (Image Source: WLOX News) Those who came out to enjoy a heaping plate of the Gulf Coast delicacies seemed pleased with the taste. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Taranto's blend of spices is quite simple, but obviously appetizing for those enjoying the shrimp. (Image Source: WLOX News) Taranto's blend of spices is quite simple, but obviously appetizing for those enjoying the shrimp. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's an annual event that brings people from all over the coast to Biloxi. The 88th annual Fais Do-Do and blessing of the fleet weekend has arrived. 

The boilers were smoking as hundreds of pounds of Gulf Shrimp were dumped into the seasoned water. The annual festival is always a big job for Back Bay Boilers, but they're up for the challenge.

“What I get out is the enjoyment of coming and doing it and knowing I'm keeping the tradition here, keeping it going,” said Pat Taranto with Back Bay boilers.

Taranto's blend of spices is quite simple, but obviously appetizing for those enjoying the shrimp.

“Everybody I tell the recipe to, they think I'm lying because it's so simple. We use just liquid crab boil, salt, jalapeno peppers,” said Taranto.

Those who came out to enjoy a heaping plate of the Gulf Coast delicacies seemed pleased with the taste.

“They're hot today. It's good,” said a festival goer.

Some were pleasantly surprised with the size of the shrimp.

“They're great, really big, a lot of time they're small in the beginning but these are nice size,” said another festival goer.

In its 88th year, the Fais Do-Do continues to celebrate Biloxi's rich seafood history. Wendy Fayard is the Blessing of the Fleet chairman.

“It's a lot of hard work, but it's well worth it. It's all about the heritage here in Biloxi. That's what Biloxi's all about, the capital of seafood and you know we're just trying to keep the heritage going,” said Fayard.

The wet weather kept the crowd under the pavilion for part of the day, but those who attend annually say a little rain won't stop them from engaging in this lifelong tradition.

“If you're local, you're going to eat shrimp, that's all there is to it,” said a festival goer.

Sunday, the weekend festivities will culminate with the Blessing of the Fleet at 2 p.m.

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