A patriotic, All-American crowd of over 500 spectators and participants showed their support for President Donald Trump in unique style parade on Saturday, August 15, 2020 in Texas.
The no-kneeling-Star-Spangled-Banner-singing parade goers weren’t on floats. At least not the traditional kind riding down Main Street. They manned boats–over 80 of them–throughout a historic lake near San Antonio in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Included was the high noon playing of the National Anthem to start the event and a spectacular two plane flyover over Medina Lake during the parade.
Organizers Travis Reich, Loriella Schmidt Kilobassa, and Jean Marie, inspired by the success of a recent Independence Day event, brought the community and visitors from across the state to participate.
“My wife heard about it from our friends in San Antonio,” said Manuel Cardenas from Lorena, Texas near Waco. “We had to get out of the house and we love President Trump. So we brought the family to see it here from the shore.”
“We are waving them on and it’s a good time and we’ll enjoy the Hill Country in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital, before we go back Sunday,” Cardenas smiled.
Built in 1913, the Medina Dam holds a crescent shaped agricultural and recreational reservoir, that at 18 miles long, was the largest concrete dam in the United States. For a while, it was the fourth largest dam overall.
“Such a great event,” said boater Wendy Cathey. “So glad we could participate!”
Among the participants, in boats of different kinds and sizes, were Lori Van De Walle, Garry Snow, Barbie Puckett Todd, Laura Cameron Hernandez, Thomas Donbavand, Debra Hengst, and Jessica Owens.
Others showing their spirit and support for “The Donald,” included Ashley Lamon, Lori Routsong Miebach, Kevin Holton, Tamra Yannuzzi, LanessaScott Smoot, RJ Garza, Justin Morrow, Megan Ford, and Jennifer Meador Donbavand.
There were many others on the water and rooting along the shores, including George C. Thompson. He and his wife Maggie brought their granddaughters to see the event.
“We’re proud to be here,” said Thompson, a Black retired X-Ray Technician visiting from Houston before the school term begins. “And we are proud of these Trump supporters, because we are supporters too.”
Gilbert Torres said they came “because we needed to getaway from the tension in San Antonio.”
“The city council is nothing but socialist Democrats and they do nothing but restrict, restrict, restrict and take, take, take,” said Torres. “This is America, not Venezuela. I’m here with my cousins for President Trump.”