The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Christy Moore of Noblesville rides in a pontoon boat with Trump red, white and blue flags, and a “Keep America Great” flag, a “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) flag and a bright pink “Women for Trump” flag flying during the Morse Reservoir Trump Boat Rally on Sunday.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Christy Moore of Noblesville rides in a pontoon boat with Trump red, white and blue flags, and a “Keep America Great” flag, a “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) flag and a bright pink “Women for Trump” flag flying during the Morse Reservoir Trump Boat Rally on Sunday.
Anyone out on the main body of Morse Reservoir in Noblesville just before noon on Sunday likely took notice of the huge Morse Reservoir Trump Boat Rally.
I found out about the boat rally a couple of days in advance and decided to drive up to Cicero. We watched the boats come into sight from the Red Bridge Park fishing pier across from Trump Hill, a large grassy hill overlooking the lake with “Trump” cut into the grass.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much enthusiasm for a presidential election.
Boaters sported American flags, Trump flags, Trump heads and patriotic colors. They honked horns and cheered and waved at those watching from the shore.
Christy Moore of Noblesville was riding in a blue pontoon boat with “Trump” red, white and blue flags, and a “Keep America Great” flag, a “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) flag and a bright pink “Women for Trump” flag flying.
“Everyone that I know brought their flags from their homes where they fly them,” the 1971 Noblesville High School grad said. “We had six flags on our pontoon, plus we had our Trump apparel on … And yes, we have our American flag and Trump flag on the pontoon every time we’re on the lake.”
She’s in the Morse Boaters private Facebook group, which has 2,641 members, and the Morse Reservoir Trump Boat Rally public Facebook group, which has 114 members. I’m told that Eli Walker spearheaded the effort that attracted what some believe were about 200 watercrafts, including boats and personal watercrafts, to the Morse parade on the water.
The boaters gathered at Wolfies Grill on Morse and traveled at idle speed, roundtrip, to the Jackson Street Bridge in Cicero.
Trump boat parades are growing in popularity around the nation. That’s for sure.
Rachel Quade and Troy Woodruff, who both have homes on Geist Reservoir in Fishers, are coordinating a boat parade on Geist for Sept. 26.
The Geist Trump Boat Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at Olio Road Boat Ramp and travels south, the length of the reservoir, to the dam, then back to the marina and Wolfies Grill on Fall Creek Road. Boats will travel at idle speed the entire way and are invited to decorate their boats with flags, candidate signs, anything to show support for your country, the president, the candidates and public safety. Geist waterfront residents along the route have also been invited to decorate their backyards.
Details are on a Geist Trump Boat Parade Facebook event page, which shows that 374 are either interested or going to the boat parade.
Quade, a Realtor, who has lived on Geist for 18 years and has been boating on Geist for 30 years, said, “The enthusiasm for this election is over the top this year. I think people are so tired of what’s going on around this country, they want something positive and fun to focus on. This boat parade is an example of people’s enthusiasm.”
She said Woodruff contacted her to help coordinate after he’d seen so many Trump boater parades in the news around the nation. They’re hoping to attract not only Trump supporters but supporters of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville), a candidate for Indiana’s fifth congressional district on the Republican ticket in the general election. 
Quade said, “I think a lot of people who support the president are afraid to put a Trump flag in the front yard. For them to be able to go out on the lake, and wave their flags, they’re happy to be able to do that. We’ve seen so much negativity that I think people are happy to come together for something that they see as fun and positive.”
While the Geist Trump Boat Parade started out as a parade to support U.S. President Donald Trump, Quade said, “We want to emphasize it’s a patriotic parade.” Folks can bring their flags, their banners and their American flags to celebrate veterans, first responders, law enforcement and health workers, too.
“By the response so far, looks like it’s going to be very well attended,” Quade said.
Parade organizers have informed both Lawrence and Fishers Police departments of the boat parade. “We can’t control how many people will show up, we just hope people will use common sense and be safe,” she said.
Quade and her family have a Cobalt ski boat that will be decorated with a trump flag and an American flag and a Victoria Spartz banner, “It will look like we decorated our boat for July 4.”
She said, “The boat parade is just happening out of enthusiasm from his (Trump) supporters. The supporters are coming up with this all on their own.
“This is just normal people, people who came together because of their enthusiasm,” Quade said.
Bob Solomon of Carmel, who keeps his sailboat on Geist Reservoir at the Indianapolis Sailing Club of which he’s been a member since 2001, will combine several large American flags with an even larger American flag (no joke, the flag is huge) plus a campaign banner for Spartz.
“My boat will be stunning for Victoria,” said Solomon, who will be chauffeuring the Spartz family on his sailboat and leading the Geist Trump Boat Parade from 96th Street and traveling south at idle speed toward the dam. While the parade will start at the Olio Road Bridge, Solomon’s sailboat is too tall to go under the 96th Street underpass.
“I’m getting such a kick out of this because when my dad ran for Congress for the first time, we used to drive around in this (“Solomon for Congress” campaign) van and blast patriotic music, which he loved because he was a Marine,” Solomon said. “So all these years later, I get to do the same thing for Victoria on my little boat, running for Congress for the first time.”

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