Great American Boat Parade Breaks Trump Flotilla Record as Up to 4,000 Vessels Turn Up

Yet another boat parade attended by President Donald Trump supporters can lay claim to being the biggest ever seen after thousands turned up on a lake in Georgia.

Organizers of Sunday's "Great American Boat Parade" on Lake Lanier had expected that several hundreds of people would turn up to the event promoted as a show of appreciation for first responders and the "leadership of this great nation."

However, officials at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said that between 3,000 to 4,000 vessels were at the parade, according to Mark McKinnon at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Access WDUN reports.

Even as a rough guess, the figure is still much higher than the current record for largest ever boat parade.

According to the Guinness World Records, the current largest boat parade saw 1,080 vessels, which was set in Terengganu, Malaysia, on 13 September 2014.

Despite the larger number of attendees, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the event went more smoothly than a parade in Texas on Saturday afternoon, in which several boats sank.

"It went really smooth, we haven't received any reports of boats sinking or swamping or getting turned over," Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Warden Kevin Goss told 11 Alive.

Earlier this year, a Trump boat parade over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina also claimed to have broken the world record after more than 3,400 boats took part on Lake Murray.

However, Guinness previously told Newsweek that it could not officially list it as a record as no organizers had filed an application for it to be reviewed.

Guinness World Records have confirmed they are still reviewing a smaller boat parade in Clearwater, Florida, on August 15 in which an estimated 1,180 boats took part. It could take up to 15 weeks for the organization to confirm that the parade in Florida was larger than the current record holder.

"We can confirm we have received an application for this title and attempt. We are currently awaiting evidence to review," Amanda Marcus, public relations manager at Guinness World Records, told the Associated Press.

"Our standard application review process can take up to 12-15 weeks of submission. Once received and reviewed, our Records Management Team will then confirm the success or failure of the record attempt."

Speaking to Access WDUN, the organizers for the Great American Boat Parade in Georgia said they changed the original Trump theme of the event to make a wider group of people feel comfortable taking part.

"I did not want the parade to be tied directly to any political event or any one politician," John Gunter. "I think our nation is in a bigger place right now and the direction that I wanted to see the event move was to support general patriotism."

"We didn't want to be biased and restrict everybody with the theme," added fellow organizer Dustin Melton. "So we went with Great American Boat Parade and it's a parade that's unbiased."

However, in a statement to Newsweek, Guinness World Records said they do not consider "politically motivated" events for official records.

"Guinness World Records is an apolitical organization, determined to protect the integrity of our records by remaining politically neutral," a spokesperson said.

"Therefore, we do not accept record applications which we consider to be politically motivated or are looking to promote a political agenda."

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Boats adorned with U.S. and President Donald Trump campaign flags are seen on Lake Lanier during a "Great American Boat Parade" on September 6, 2020 in Buford, Georgia Elijah Nouvelage/Getty