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False River celebrates freedom with boats, water balloons

3 years ago July 04, 2012 Jul 4, 2012 Wednesday, July 04 2012 Wednesday, July 04, 2012 4:55:16 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

NEW ROADS- The False River Boat Parade drew hundreds to the oxbow lake to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family.

The traditional celebration's theme for this year was 'Save Our Saints,' something that had people decorating their piers and boats with 'Bounty-Gate' references.

"I just decided to make it a voodoo theme, I made voodoo dolls out of spray paint and cardboard, and put Bobby Jindal on it and Roger Goodell," said Amanda Stephenson, who won best pier decorations.

The celebration also hosts what could be the state's largest water balloon battle, pitting boaters and floaters against each other in an all-out water war.

"Every year we do the water balloon fight, pier vs. boat, it's kinda like man vs. beast, it's an officer and a gentleman," said Deidre Robert, who was celebrating with family and friends.

"It's crazy, there's a lot of boats this year, but there's normally a million more and you have to fight for yourself because there's water balloons coming from everywhere," said K Lefeaux, who joined the boaters for the water fight.

For one boat crew, the celebration goes far beyond the Saints and water balloons. Piloted by their dad, a Korean War Veteran, Connie Carrier and her sisters celebrated the Fourth for every one who couldn't.

"To see all those guys who fought for our country and died for our country, it's awesome to be out here celebrating our freedom, what they fought for," said Carrier.

This was the 30th year for the boat parade.

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