Trump Boat Parade Likely Breaks World Record As Over 3,000 Vessels Turn Up

A boat parade honoring President Donald Trump over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina may have broken the world record, with thousands of vessels taking part.

The "Trump Boat Parade" was held at Lake Murray on Sunday. Organizers originally thought around 1,500 boats would take part in the event, which was a display of support for the president.

More than 2,700 people said they would be attending the event on its Facebook page, with nearly 5,000 more expressing a possible interest.

"This event will be the largest Parade in the history of Lake Murray, SC and quite possibly anywhere in the world," a description on the events page read.

"Join us and thousands of other proud Americans from 7 states as of now as we show support of Donald Trump and for what he is doing for our great country."

The organizers have now claimed that as many as 3,400 boats took part in the 20-mile parade.

"According to the 3rd party company whose expertise is counting people and things from the air, we had a record shattering 3,417 boats and over 30,000 people participating in the 'Trumptilla,'" Pressley Stutts, one of the parade's organizers, wrote on Facebook.

"They used drone footage, aerial photography and GIS analytics to count all of the boats."

Fellow organizer Jason Cline also claimed a similar number of boats and people took part in the parade.

In a statement provided to Newsweek, Cline said: "It was just incredible to see so many people turn out in support of President Trump.

"With all of the negative news of COVID-19 and burning, looting, and violence that came with the protests, people wanted something positive that we can all rally around. We had no idea we would receive such an overwhelmingly positive response."

An aerial view of the boat parade on Lake Murray yesterday showing support for @realDonaldTrump (sent to @wis10 from a viewer).
Thousands of people from multiple states came by take part and cheer on the boats.

— Adam Mintzer (@adammintzer) July 6, 2020

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current largest boat parade saw 1,080 vessels, which was set in Terengganu, Malaysia, on 13 September 2014. This means Sunday's event will be more than three times larger than the current record if confirmed.

Pennsylvania resident Scott McCutchen was one of those who traveled from out of state to take part in the parade.

"I am from Spring City, Pennsylvania, I saw this spectacle and had to be a part of it," McCutchen told WACH.

Chapin resident Cynthia Shepard explained to the Cola Daily why she also attended the event.

"One, we wanted to show our support for President Trump who, despite the current climate of our country, we feel is doing a good job," she said.

"Secondly, with all the bad news out there, we wanted to be part of something really uplifting. It was the perfect day, the organizers did a fantastic job, and everyone had a wonderful time," she said.

Guinness World Records and the parade organizers have been contacted for comment.

(File photo) Supporters of President Donald Trump wave flags as they participates in a boat rally to celebrate Donald Trump's birthday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 14, 2020. A boat parade honoring Trump in South Carolina may have broken the wordl records after thousand of vessels took part. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP/Getty

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