The City of New Roads will pay tribute to America and the parish’s greatest asset with the theme selected for this year’s False River Boat Parade, “Hats Off to America.”

Hosted by the city, the boat parade is a decades-old tradition that brings patriotism and fun to Pointe Coupee Parish.

“I’m honored to be hosting this popular local event in the prettiest city on the water, which draws people from all over the area to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Mayor Cornell Dukes.

“This year’s theme opens up the opportunity for boats to be decorated but using the humor always seen in the parade and lake related decorations,” he continued.

“We also encourage lakefront residents to decorate their piers as well,” Dukes said. “Let’s turn the whole lake red, white and blue to show our unity on the river and to celebrate Independence Day.”

The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, and its route will take the decorated watercrafts from the foot of Hospital Road behind Daiquiri Diner and then continue to the pier next to Satterfield’s Restaurant.

The judges’ stand will be set up on the front deck of the False River Paddle Club, which is right next to the city’s floating piers.

Trophies will be presented in seven categories: the Mayor’s Choice, Best Decorated Party Barge, Best Decorated Small Boat, Most Patriotic Party Barge, Most Patriotic Small Boat, the Founder’s Choice, and in keeping with the humorous nature of the boat parade, one watercraft will be presented with the Shoulda Gotta Trophy.

The judges for this year’s parade are Sheriff Bud Torres, state Rep. Jeremy LaCombe, Aimee Moreau, Branden Barker and a WBRZ TV personality whose name will be announced later.

The city’s celebration of the Fourth of July will begin on Wednesday, July 3, with live music, children’s activities and fireworks and continue on the Fourth with a variety of activities.