- On Saturday, a fleet of boats filled the waterways of Clearwater, Florida, in an effort to rally for President Donald Trump and break a Guinness World Record.
- The crowds were attempting to break the world record for the largest boat parade, which is currently held by a 2014 boat parade in Malaysia.
- Officials are still reviewing the footage from the event to determine if it breaks the current record.
- The boat parades have quickly become a popular way to rally. Nicknamed ‘Trumptillas,’ supporters have gathered boats, jet skis, kayaks, and canoes in cities like Delaware, Alabama, and New Jersey.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump took to their boats, kayaks, and jet skis on Saturday to break a world record.
The rally, which was held in Clearwater, Florida, aimed to break the Guinness World Record for the largest boat parade. The current record-holder is from a 2014 boat parade that took place in Malaysia.
Clearwater, Florida Trump boat parade going for the world record! Amazing! ???????? pic.twitter.com/2gDVDQBoRA
— Laurie Burrell (@LaurieBurrell6) August 15, 2020
Across the country, additional parades of supporters rallied from their boats. An estimated 125 boats filled New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong, and Trump supporters navigated waterways in Alabama and Delaware.
The New Jersey gathering drew counterprotesters that held signs reading, “No Hate on Our Lake” and chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” according to the Daily Record.
Cliff Gehart, an event organiser, told Fox13 that more than 1,600 boats registered for the event in Florida
The potentially record-breaking flotilla in Florida was organised by the coffee shop Conservative Grounds.
The organisation called it the “MOAB,” or “Mother of all Boat Parades,” and claimed that 1,600 boats registered for the event.
If every registered boat participated, this would beat the 1,180 boats needed to break the record. According to Gehart, supporters travelled from across Florida and from neighbouring states to participate.
Guinness officials are reviewing the footage from the event to determine the exact number of boats, Fox13 reported. In order for a boat to be counted, it needed to pass through Belleair Causeway to the Welch Causey in Clearwater, Florida, according to the organiser’s website.
Event organisers were confident they broke the record. “Hey @realDonaldTrump @therightcoffee BROKE THE WORLD RECORD for boat parades in honour of you and what you’ve done for America. You had thousands of supporters out today,” the coffee company posted on Twitter.
Hey @realDonaldTrump @therightcoffee BROKE THE WORLD RECORD for boat parades in honor of you and what you’ve done for America. You had thousands of supporters out today. #MAGA #kag #WhiteHouse #Trump2020 #BoatParade #WorldRecord pic.twitter.com/MoK5TZlQsk
— Conservative Grounds (@therightcoffee) August 15, 2020
The Trump flotillas, often called ‘Trumptillas,’ have become a popular rallying method during the coronavirus pandemic
In cities across the country, boat parades have allowed people to rally while maintaining some social distance.
In July, one of the largest boat parades took place at Lake Murray in South Carolina. Event organisers estimated that more than 3,400 boats participated, according to WLTX, a South Carolina news station.
The boat parades originally started in South Florida but have become popular in swing states, according to Politico.
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