Organizers Expect Hundreds at Thursday’s New Braunfels Trump Train Event
Organizers of the New Braunfels Trump Train say they expect as many as 400 vehicles to show up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Hobby Lobby in the Creekside parking lot, drivers and passengers ready to wind their cars slowly through New Braunfels, flying flags, honking horns and cheering for President Donald Trump.
The parade route passes right in front of Gruene Hall, where organizer Steve Ceh said people pull up chairs to cheer them on as business owners wave to drivers from their front porches.
“It’s really caught on,” said Ceh, who organized the very first Trump car parade, which was small, nine weeks ago.
He said the parade has swelled in popularity since people lost their fear of how the community might react.
“I think the media has put a fear on people, and nobody wanted to come out,” he said. “They were fearful for Antifa, Black Lives Matter and just plain Marxists coming out and physically intimidating them. Some people are in fear that they’ll ruin their cars, they’ll throw something at their cars.”
To watch a video of the Aug. 27 Trump Train, click here.
That hasn’t happened, but if it does, Ceh said he has a good relationship with the New Braunfels Police Department, which keeps a watchful eye out for trouble. Also, riding in the parade are Three Percenters, another citizens group that advocates for patriotism and gun rights.
“We represent our president,” Ceh said. “And we want the reflection of that to be a good group of patriots.”
The New Braunfels Trump Train’s two parade routes take between 45 minutes to one hour to complete.
But the New Braunfels Trump Train also is a social event for the many who congregate in the Creekside parking lot. People can buy flagpoles for their vehicles.
Wife Randi Ceh, who also runs the New Braunfels Trump Train’s Facebook page, which has 3,400 members, said she and her daughter pass out face masks and maps. People enjoy visiting with each other before Steve leads the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and cars and trucks pull out.
People enjoy getting out after the long COVID-19 quarantine and like the camaraderie of the large gathering. Some have dogs in their cars.
“You want to be able to talk to everybody,” said Randi, who mades the rounds in the Creekside parking lot. She encourages mask-wearing and social distancing. Some people will only roll down their car windows but others shake hands and hug.
Those who show up are mainly middle-aged or older, she said.
The event is a family affair for the Cehs.
Their five children range in age from 17 to 26, and also support the Trump train’s New Braunfels through Instagram and Youtube.
Son Tyler rides in the lead car, carrying a large American flag throughout the entire parade.
“It’s phenomenal man, it’s awesome,” Steve Ceh said.
Carolyn Besselman, president of the Canyon Lake Women Republicans Club calls the New Braunfels Trump Train a “sight to behold.”
“Who needs a Trump rally when you have this,” she said. “It was really inspirational to say the least because people had music going in the back of trucks, dogs were wearing USA attire, all kinds of stuff. It was great.”
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