Trump supporters gather for boat parade in Hadley

Hampshire County

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts supporters of President Donald Trump took a highly partisan boat ride down the Connecticut River Sunday.

Hundreds of boats were gathered at Mitch’s Marina in Hadley Sunday afternoon. They would head south on the Connecticut River to Brunelle’s Marina and then cruise north to the Boy Scout Island area.

“We come up here all the time and a bunch of us got together, wouldn’t it be nice if we could come here with a Trump flotilla and here we are,” Grez of East Longmeadow told 22News.

Organizers said when they first floated the idea of the great boat rally, some 500 people had expressed an interest in gathering near the Coolidge Bridge.

Republican Phil King of Wilbraham maintained a high profile on the dock before boarding his boat.

“I support President Trump and I support the Wilbraham Police and all the police,” King said. He added that there is still a plethora of Trump supporters in Massachusetts.

“So many, I think there’s a silent majority of Trump fans in Massachusetts. Even though it’s a blue state, they’re going to flip if they turn it into a red state,” King continued.

The President’s supporters raised anchor at mid-afternoon Sunday for their colorful cruise. The flotilla cruising its way down the Connecticut River joined by other boats along the way.

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