New Roads displays 'American Heroes' theme for annual boat parade

New Roads displays 'American Heroes' theme for annual boat parade

NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - Nothing, not even a little rain, could stop boaters from enjoying another 4th of July on the False River in New Roads.

Around 100 boats entered the annual parade.

Onlookers say this event is all about tradition, which includes throwing chilled water balloons at the boats as they pass by.

"We're throwing water balloons at everybody, and we're getting soaking wet," said Maddie Jarreau. "It's
fun you get to hang out with your friends and just have fun with water."

This year's theme is American Heroes. Mayor Robert Myer said the city wanted to pay respect to war veterans, police, and firefighters.

"This is obviously Independence Day. We're recognizing and remembering the people who sacrificed for our freedom," Myer said. "And being able
to celebrate that in our hometown, the city of New Roads, it's very, very special."

Judges handed out awards, everything from best design to most patriotic. Mia Cradeur's boat won the Mayor's trophy, handed out to Myer's favorite.

This is the sixth trophy she's won at the event. This year's design pays tribute to first responders.

"We just wanted to say thank you to all the first responders," Cradeur said. "We just, you know the police, the fire department, the ambulance, everything, all the people that look out for us. It's like we just wanted to say thank you to them."

The city of New Roads handed out seven awards total.

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