ROCK HALL — Dozens of boaters and onlookers crowded Rock Hall Harbor in the rain Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26 to show their support for the president.
The harbor was the starting point for a boat parade hosted by Del. Jay Jacobs, R-36-Kent, and Capt. Kenny Fletcher of Amaryken Dream II. Despite the rain, between 30 and 40 boats participated in the parade that ran from the harbor up to Swan Creek and back.
“I thought it went pretty well, myself. Despite the rainy afternoon, it was a pretty good cross section of attendees,” Jacobs said Monday, Sept. 28 of the parade. “We had every kind of boat you can imagine there.”
Captaining Dawnie Bird, Jacobs was joined by his wife Rock Hall Mayor Dawn Jacobs and Kent County Commissioner Bob Jacob. Leading the parade was Amaryken Dream II.
Jay Jacobs said there have been a number of similar boat parades and flotillas for President Donald Trump, notably a large one in Crisfield held earlier in September.
“You see boats all over the state of Maryland — Trump flags all over them,” he said.
In Rock Hall Harbor, the boats ranged from 17-foot runabouts to sizable motor and sail yachts, many adorned with Trump campaign flags and American flags as they took a loop around the harbor before heading out into the Bay.
One vessel featured a full-sized cardboard cut-out of President Donald Trump waving. It also flew a pair of flags with R-rated messages. One flag bore an alliterative message of “-- — your feelings” and the other read “No more bull----.”
Another boat flew a Confederate flag.
Music played from the bulkhead as the boats got underway, notably Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 hit “Little Lies.” One astute listener noted the song — which features the lyrics “Tell me lies, tell me, tell me lies” — to the disc jockey, who then switched over to Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.”
Jay Jacobs said organizers took a lot of precautions for the boat parade. He said it was short and everyone he talked to had a good time.
“It was good. Everybody behaved. Everything went well,” Jay Jacobs said.