LAKE OUACHITA – Trump supporters from all over Arkansas converged upon Lake Ouachita to make the Lake Ouachita Trump Boat Parade won of the biggest to date. Organizers reported over 1,500 boats participated in the event.
Local supporters of President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence organized the boat parade in an effort to show their support for the sitting President and Vice President of the United States of America. Boats gathered between Points 15 and 18 just north of the main bay in front of Mountain Harbor.
Boats began gathering around 10 a.m. and the parade began at 10:30 a.m. The parade route made its way along the north shore towards Shangri-La and Lake Ouachita Shores.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Press Secretary for President Trump, was in attendance and kicked off the parade with a few words. She told the crowd that she had spoken to the President a few days prior to the event and he asked her to tell the people of Arkansas that he loves them and is working for them. She added that President Trump won Arkansas soundly in 2016 and she believes the voters of Arkansas can do better this year. President Trump received 74.26 percent of the vote in Montgomery County in 2016.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was also in attendance but did not speak.
Hundreds of boats could be seen flying a variety of Trumpcentric flags alongside United States Flags, Don’t Tread on Me flags and Confederate Flags. The event was a peaceful event with participants enjoying their day on the lake as they supported their candidate for President. While official reports listed the turnout at 1500 plus, some participants were reporting the number as high as 1,912. This larger number has not been confirmed by organizers.Boat parades were held across the country with one parade on Lake Travis in Texas reporting five boats sinking due to high wakes apparently caused by boats driving at high speed during the event.
Events at various boat parades across the country have pointed out that these events held on the water are a great way for people to gather to show their support for their candidate while social distancing.