A boat sporting name of the president along with “Trump” flags makes its way toward Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

ALEXANDRIA BAY — Flags, shirts and hats in support of President Donald J. Trump crowded the St. Lawrence River on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of boats participated in the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade.

Departing from Boldt Castle at noon, boaters headed toward Clayton before ending their joy ride at Grindstone Island’s Potters Beach, according to a Facebook page for the event.

Saturday’s boat parade on the river was similar to one held June 14 — the president’s birthday — in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Once the boat parade arrived in Clayton, boaters encountered a Peace and Unity celebration on both land and water to “commemorate America’s birthday while celebrating diversity, promoting tolerance and inclusiveness, and advocating for liberty and justice for all,” a flyer for the event circulating on social media stated. More than a dozen boats gathered off the shore of Frink Park for the celebration.

Boat sporting “Trump” flags make their way from Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay toward Clayton on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat sporting a “Trump” flag makes its way toward Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A man sits on a rock at Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay on Saturday while holding a “Trump 2020” flag. The park overlooks Boldt Castle, where boats gathered from the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Boat sporting “Trump” flags gather at Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat sporting a “Trump” flag makes its way toward Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Boat sporting “Trump” flags make their way from Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay toward Clayton on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Boat sporting “Trump” flags make their way from Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay toward Clayton on Saturday for the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat participating in the the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade on Saturday, right, encounters a boat participating in the Peace and Unity celebration just off the shore of Clayton’s Frink Park. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat participating in the Peace and Unity celebration just off the shore of Clayton’s Frink Park on Saturday sports Pride and “Black Lives Matter” flags. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat sporting “Trump” flags passes Frink Park in Clayton on Saturday during the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat sporting a “Trump” flag passes Frink Park in Clayton on Saturday during the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat participating in the Peace and Unity celebration just off the shore of Clayton’s Frink Park on Saturday sports Pride and “Black Lives Matter” flags. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat sporting “Trump” flags passes Frink Park in Clayton on Saturday during the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

A boat sporting a “Trump” flag passes Frink Park in Clayton on Saturday during the 1000 Islands Trump Flotilla Boat Parade. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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(31) comments

Truthseeker

For our kids and grandkids America has to rid itself of trump and stefanik,let that sink in,VOTE

rockloper

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Rambo

Crawl back under your rock where you came from Rockloper.

Eagle24

Peaceful celebration ....great summer day ... safely done.. what's the issue... ??? Suspect the link to Florida is a ex-local family... It's exactly what our freedom is based on...speech..

rockloper

What's at issue is the sight of so many traitors to our democracy.

Rambo

YUK on you

Truthseeker

Trump has severely cut regulations to kill our water and air,educate yourself your ignorance shows,rambone

Eagle24

Disagreeing with someone's position doesn't make them a traitor to democracy.. I'm no fan of POTUS.... but traitors, no way...freedom of expression, absolutely..

Truthseeker

Trump lovers are the enemies of america,VOTE. TRUMP -26 in new york

rockloper

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Farmer Liz

There were probably about a hundred boaters. Hoping that's the entire Trump-supporting population in NY State.

rockloper

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Lhanno

Come to Lewis County and you will see 25,000 supporters

Nice_Commenter

Lewis county doesn’t even have a community college, more than one in five families is on food stamps. Local residents taxes pay a tiny fraction of the cost for their roads, hospitals, dams and such. Lewis County is socialism in action, check out Kalurah in the area if you want to see what it could be like without government help.

Truthseeker

Half of Lewis county is on welfare living in trailer parks with no teeth,too funny.Trump -26 new york

Farmer Liz

Oh heck, no.

rockloper

Why would anyone want to do that?

Rambo

For your information there were over 500 boats in that parade.

Truthseeker

Their cowards just like you,have you picked any names for you and your sisters kid,TRUMPY

Holmes

I didn’t know NNY was this deep, deep red. Enjoy your day Patriots.

Nice_Commenter

Patriots don’t support a president who owes hundreds of millions to foreign banks.

rockloper

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Eagle24

Holmes... you weren't there or invited??? Appears you're not on their buddy list or even aware of the celebration... maybe the invitation was in the mail and tossed by some liberal postal employee.. Certainly evidence you're out of touch .... didn't donate maybe?

Truthseeker

Remember when trump said he loves the ignorant,your deplorables in a boat,backing their russian master

rockloper

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Truthseeker

Wow,I didnt realize you had so many bigots and racists up the in hillbilly land,and proud of it.these are the enemies of our rebublic,lets identify them all so we can tell them what we think,print their names on social media

Holmes

What are you going to print their names for exercising their right to freedom of speech? I know you liberals are desperate to change that and abolish our freedoms. Silence any opinion you don’t agree with! Right?

Nice_Commenter

You mean the freedom to have an abortion? The freedom to smoke a joint? The freedom to have health teachers in school teach sex education instead of “abstinence only”? Freedom for gay people to get married?

Did they teach you anything about putting religious lunatics in charge during your “two stem degrees”? Religious folks in charge brings the opposite of freedom.

rockloper

Print their names to expose their stupidity.

Farmer Liz

Freedom to contract COVID when these idiots refuse to wear a mask to protect my health?

rockloper

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