Canyon Lake Patriot Boat Parade Expected to Draw Hundreds Saturday
Canyon Lake Patriot Boat Parade 2020 sets sail from the cove at Canyon Lake Marina, 280 Marine Dr., at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Organizers say they have no idea how many people will show up, but a June Facebook post about the event went viral and at least 437 people have expressed an interest in cruising Canyon Lake to show their support for the president. Some 1.4K are “interested.”
Cory Martelli, a Canyon Lake businessman who owns an insurance agency, decided to host a boat parade and emailed some friends to see if they’d like to join him over the Labor Day weekend.
He’ll lead the parade in his pontoon boat, Canyon Lake and Trump flags flying.
Martelli said he saw news reports of other Trump boat parades and decided Canyon Lake, with its beautiful scenery, would be the perfect choice for Republican recreationalists.
“I said wait a minute, we’re Texas,” he said. “We’re supposed to be leading the pack.”
With the Nov. 3 election around the corner and summer season waning, he decided Labor Day would be a great time for people around the area and the state — people are driving in from Houston, Waco and Dallas — to stage a nautical rally.
“I look at it like this,” he said. “When you’re out on a boat you have a sense of freedom. It’s you outside on the lake, it’s free, you’re open, there’s nothing to curtail you and that kind of greatness is the American spirit. The freedom to go any direction you want on a lake. The spirit of the high seas if you will.”
A map of the route is published on the Canyon Lake Patriot Boat Parade 2020 Facebook page.
Boaters are welcome to join the parade from any point along the route, which starts at the cove at Canyon Lake Marina, heads towards Cranes Mill Marina, passes Party Cove, heads towards Canyon Dam, then turns and heads toward JBSA’s marina before ending at Canyon Lake Marina.
A number of Trump boat parades are scheduled around the United States over the Labor Day weekend.
They’ve proven especially popular with supporters over the summer months, with Trump asking in a July press release whether anyone had ever seen a Biden parade.
He encouraged advisors to organize more rallies, asking “Are we polling the boaters yet?”
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