Sunday marked 100 days until the presidential election.

On Nov. 3, U.S. voters will decide whether they want four more years of President Donald Trump or if former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. But on the Intracoastal Waterway Sunday afternoon, it was all about Trump as hundreds of boaters paraded up the waterway to show support for the president.

The idea for a Trump boat parade stemmed from similar events that have happened across the country, including one on Lake Murray in the Columbia area over the Fourth of July weekend. Several people in the Myrtle Beach felt that a Trump boat parade needed to happen here and that somebody needed to take the lead.

Brian Peters of Little River decided he would be that somebody.

"I've never really been involved in politics," Peters said. "This was my first time ever doing something big like this."

Peters had originally scheduled the parade for June 16, but due to river flooding, many of the boat landings were closed.

Peters believes that postponing the event for over a month allowed the Sunday event to be the size that it was.

"That additional five weeks allowed people to get the word out," he said.

The 2020 Waterway Trump Parade traveled down the Intracoastal from Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill in Fantasy Harbour all the way to LuLu’s and Taco Mundo in Barefoot Landing. While the event was scheduled to last from 1-4 p.m, several boats were still coming in to dock in Barefoot Landing after 4. 

Peters said there were at least 1,600 boats participating in the parade, though neither the Myrtle Beach Police Department nor the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) could confirm an exact number.

Most of the boats that were part of the parade flew flags bearing such messages as “Trump 2020,” “Women for Trump,” “Keep America Great 2020” and other statements in support of the president. 

As the parade made its way north, many people who live along the waterway got out their beach chairs and watched the boats pass by.

Ian Chinnes of Myrtle Beach stopped to see the boaters.

“I was walking my dog when I saw all the boats go by and it was really nice to see a bunch of people go out and support their country and their president,” he said. “It was great to see people driving by, having their kids with them and enjoying the day.”

Some residents along the waterway waved at boaters and honked their horns as the parade passed.

Some boaters blared Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American” and other patriotic songs as they came into Barefoot Landing. 

Peters said the Sunday event was a great escape from what he often sees in the world.

"We turn on the news and it's all negative," he said. "Here's what's wrong with society. Here's bad people doing bad things. This was our opportunity with social media and with boating to have a rally without breaking the rules. We all had fun. Nothing got broken. There were no fights. I think it was an amazing event that I am proud of."

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated with comments from the parade's organizer, including his estimates about the size of the event.


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