More than 3,400 boats participated in Lake Murray parade in support of President Trump, organizers say

Updated: Jul. 7, 2020 at 12:15 PM EDT
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LAKE MURRAY, S.C. (WIS) - Thousands of President Donald Trump supporters from multiple states flocked to Lake Murray on Sunday afternoon for a boat parade.

The inaugural “Trumptilla” started at Dreher Island Bridge and continued past the Lake Murray Dam, ending near Susie Ebert Island.

Organizer Jason Cline said 3,417 boats participated in the parade, with more than 30,000 people on board. Many of the boats were covered in American flags and Trump 2020 memorabilia.

“This event did my heart and the hearts of so many people good,” associate organizer Pressley Stutts said. “Many of us were overwhelmed at not only the support for President Trump, but for the patriotism that was on display.”

At one point the parade stretched for 16 miles-long, Cline said.

There were so many people in attendance, it took an hour and a half for boats at the end of the parade to leave the starting point, he added.

“Thanks to all of you who made this happen by telling your family and friends and making a simple Facebook post go viral,” Cline wrote on Facebook on Monday.

He added: “I do have to give credit to the 1 boat that I counted that was proudly displaying his Joe Biden flag. You sir are as optimistic as they come!”

Cline said the parade broke a world record due its large size. The Guinness World Record for largest boat parade was set in Malaysia in 2014 with 1,180 boats. Its website has not yet been updated to recognize the Lake Murray parade.

The Lake Murray parade was one of a few held across the state in support of Trump over the July Fourth weekend.

Organizers say they plan to do this every year now.

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