Canobie Lake parade boats show their true, patriotic colors
The 2013 Fourth of July Boat Parade had officially begun.
And it's something the folks on both the Windham and Salem sides of the lake look forward to each summer.
According to Bill Schroeder, acting president of the Canobie Lake Protective Association (CLPA), the tradition began sometime in the 1980s, although no one's sure exactly when.
Canobie Lake is Salem's municipal water source, and while swimming isn't permitted, boats of all kinds are allowed as long as they're not pulling water skiers or allowing passengers to jump off for a quick dip.
There were pirate ships and hula dancers, tie-dyed shirts and dancing Santa Clauses and, of course, plenty of red, white and blue.
This year's judges were the Rev. Robert "Odie" Odierna of Salem, his wife, Heidi, and Tracy Johnson of Windham.
First-place winners get with a check for $100, while the two runners-up are awarded passes to Canobie Lake Park.
Dressed as George Washington, Eric Rioux, accompanied by his mother, Gemma Rioux, and passenger Penny Maxner, earned second place with his historical-themed "Beach Bum & HMS Limey" boat.
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