City of New Roads Annual 4th of July Boat Parade

Tribute to First Responders


The annual 4th of July False River Boat Parade is one of New Roads signature events.  This year’s parade will be held Saturday, July 4th. The show will begin at 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.

It’s a long-time tradition and deemed one of the Best Boat Parade’s in Louisiana. This year will be a bit different due to COVID-19. To protect our residents and visitors, there will be social distancing limitations to better allow at least 6 feet between spectators and face mask are strongly recommended. Spectators will also be able to make and take a splash by participating in the annual water balloon throw to help celebrate the 4th of July Boat Parade. Spectators are encouraged to stay home if symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, decreased appetite, or diminished sense of taste or smell currently exist. If any symptoms of COVID-19 arise while at the event, attendees are encouraged to please go home immediately. People in higher-risk groups should consult with their healthcare provider about attending.

Scores of boats will parade down False River in a festive and patriotic holiday display. This year’s theme: “A Tribute to Frontline Workers”, honors men and women who have been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and their immense sacrifices to save lives. Boats of all shapes and sizes – from pontoons, to power boats to kayaks will be in attendance.  Decorated boats will sail the parade route, with festival goers watching on the landing along False River. Prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated Boat, Most Patriotic Boat, Best Decorated Party Barge, Most Patriotic Party Barge, Founder’s Trophy, Mayor’s Trophy and Shoulda Gotta Trophy.

The event is free and open to the public. Whether you and your crew desire to decorate your boat, or enjoy the colorful parade from the shore, it will be a beautiful day along False River. Call George Miller at 225.713.8553 to register or for more information.


City of New Roads

211 West Main St.



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