Trumptilla Fills Up San Diego Bay On A Hot 97-Degree Labor Day Sunday
Published Sept. 6, 2020
Labor Day Weekend used to be a time of backyard BBQs, food and beer festivals and the opening of the college football season.
This year, tho, for many it meant something else: a Trump Boat Parade, also known at Trumptilla.
These happened all over the USA on Labor Day Weekend 2020, with one taking place in San Diego on that Sunday. Here are photos of the event, as well as a review of the scene and the people. It is important to note that PubClub.com is not a political site but is providing this first-hand account in a real news report.
The parade started at Noon and went on until 3 p.m. Its route took up much of San Diego Bay from Coronado to Shelter Island. PubClub witnessed it from the Embarcadero to the USS Midway.
At least a hundred boats took part it it. Ranging from 70- and 80-foot yachts to small inflatable dinghies, they took up half the width of the bay and stretched in length from the Coronado Bridge to beyond Tuna Pier.
People were spread out along this entire area, mostly only one-deep, with several people having set up pop-up tents in the Embarcadero, making it an all-day picnic. All told in this area, there were several hundred people, but certainly not numbering in the thousands.
Among them were casual observers, people out for exercise and curious tourists. The Trumpsters were pretty easy to spot: they were the ones standing on the edge of the seawalls, waving flags and wearing Trump merchandise.
As far as the scene goes, it resembled a college football tailgate party. Specifically the part where the home team walks through the crowd and into the stadium with fans cheering them every step along the way. Except in this case, the boats were the teams.
Here, people on the shore cheered and waved flags while the people on the boats honked boat horns and waved and cheered back at those on shore. It was, no matter one’s political affiliation, a very upbeat event.
It was also very peaceful. The only noise that could be heard was the honking and cheering.
“You don’t see anti-protesters at a boat parade,” one Trumpster quipped, “because they don’t have boats.”
It must be pointed out that only about 15% of Trumpsters were wearing masks, and hardly any of them who were on the boats.
The event took place on a very hot day. The mid-day temperature reached 97 degrees, an unheard-of number along the Southern California coast. It was like being in the desert instead of being by the sea.