Hundreds of people lined the streets in Southport Village en route to the harbor Saturday morning for the parade preceding the annual Blessing of the Fleet at Southport’s Lower Wharf.

The perfect spring weather with deep blue skies and puffy white clouds framed the setting for the neighborhood’s maritime tradition.

The parade proceeded from historic Trinity Episcopal Church along Pequot Avenue, through the village center, down Main Street to the Lower Wharf via Harbor Road.

Marchers included fire and police personnel, town and state officials, bands, civic groups and the popular Pyramid Shriners Motor Patrol.

At the wharf, event chairman Tim Russell addressed the crowd, as did U.S. Rep. Jim Himes before clergy blessed a procession of watercraft that call Southport Harbor home. The vessels sailed from the harbor, under a cascade of water jetting from a Southport Volunteer Fire Department truck, past the wharf where clergy took turns offering blessings and out to sparking Long Island Sound waters.