Sunday, September 18th, 2022 the 2nd Annual First Responder Appreciation Boat Parade will launch.
The outing was founded and spearheaded by Brian Peters, a North MB resident and business executive who is passionate about recognizing the many contributions of our military.
"On 9/11 we promised ourselves we would never forget. This is the fulfillment of my promise."
He goes on to say, "This is our way of honoring the 1st responders and heroes on the 21st anniversary of 9-11, and the heroic 1st responders of today!"
I have a few friends that were on boats for the 2021 kick-off event and they said the passion was exhilarating.
Last year's parade was the inaugural launch. 1600 boats participated in the event. Thousands of residents and visitors showed up to watch the parade from various viewing stations along the 13-mile stretch of waterway..... This year patriotic boaters of the grand strand will have a chance to join in the parade starting at 12 noon 1 mile south of the 501-bridge at the Arrowhead Golf Course proceeding north to the Barefoot Landing resort where the parade will end.
There will be many great viewing spots....
Arrowhead golf course, Boathouse Restaurant, Grand Dunes, Grand Dunes Marina, Anchor Cafe, the public access boat ramp behind Bass Pro Shop, Taco Mundo, Lulu's, Greg Norman's and the Marina Bar and Grill. Not to mention the various subdivisions along the waterway.
The parade ends in front of the flag at Barefoot Landing.
Peters says this is not a political event, "It's all about patriotism, we are all Americans first!"
Decorate your boat as you wish but make sure the American Flag flies the highest!
"Let's show appreciation for today's 1st responders, and all who serve along with active-duty military, and veterans!"
Photo Credit: Brian Peters
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