East Texas prepares for Trump boat parade on Saturday


FILE – Supporters of President Donald Trump attempted to break the record for largest boat parade Saturday, Aug. 15 in Pinellas County, Florida. (Photo courtesy NewsNation affiliate WFLA)

TYLER, Texas (NewsNation) — East Texans are joining the nationwide boat parade movement in support of President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Saturday afternoon, people are expected to gather near the Lake Tyler Marina Resort and Concession Park for announcements, guest speakers, prayer, and the national anthem.

Guest speakers are set to include state Rep. Matt Schaeffer (R-6), Special Interest Director for the Trump Campaign Kennan Williams and Smith County Republican Chairman David Stein.

Organizers ask that the PWC, fishing boats, skiing boats head out first. The larger crafts will then follow. They also request that participants keep their distance, be safe, and have all the proper boating gear, such as life jackets.

Head organizer Katie Medina asked that attendees raise no Confederate flags.

“It’s seen as divisive and we don’t want the media to be able to paint us in more of a bad light! Trump 2020 is for Unity and LOVE! Tolerance and acceptance! Let’s show everyone who we really are,” said Medina.

Medina added this is an event for everyone, no matter what “side of the bench” a person is on.

“This is an opportunity to support Trump’s election. We want to incorporate everyone,” said Medina.

On Aug. 15, supporters of Trump attempted to break the world record for the largest boat parade in Pinellas County, Florida.

The Guinness World Record for largest boat parade tallied 1,180 people in Malaysia in 2014. Trump supporters were expected to exceed that number in Florida, but Guinness is reviewing that attempt.

“We can confirm we have received an application for this title and attempt. We are currently awaiting evidence to review,” Guinness Public Relations Manager Amanda Marcus told NewsNation affiliate WFLA.

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