Boat Parade Schedule of Events 2016

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Now in its 12th year, we celebrate the Independence Day Weekend in Monticello, Indiana by filling the Madam Carroll with military veterans to lead the long line of over 95 decorated boats. Homes along the eight mile Lake Freeman route display the colors. Then it is on to what this holiday is all about in small town America with free hot dogs, free watermelon and free ice cream in the city park. This celebration with fun, food and free games for the entire family draws more than 1,600.

Time Events
8:15 AM Begin Loading Madam Carroll; Board Grand Marshals – (Cold War Veterans) welcomed by the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe, fife, and drum corps.
9:20 AM Posting of Colors – Combined Honor Guard - American Legion, Monticello AMVETS & VFW with 21 Gun Salute
  • Amazing Grace (on the 'pipes')
  • Taps
  • Star Spangled Banner (on the 'fifes')
  • Invocation
9:30 AM Madam Carroll Departs
10:00 AM Reviewing Stand Arrivals (Sportsman Inn Deck)
Waterski Extravaganza and Exposition
White & Carroll County Sheriffs Arrives (Oakdale)
  • DNR Arrives (Oakdale)
  • Decorated Boats Arrive & Begin Judging
10:45 AM Oakdale Dam Area
  • Decorated Boats - Begin Line up
  • Madam Carroll Arrives
11:00 AM Parade Begins - Line-up:
  • DNR
  • White & Carroll County Sheriffs
  • Monticello Fire Department
  • Madam Carroll
  • Decorated Boats

Reviewing Stand Arrivals (Sportsman Inn Deck)

Noon Military Flyovers by the Hooligans precision flight demo team
12:20 PM Madam Carroll Docks
Decorated Boats Proceed to Tioga Bridge and Pass in Review
  • Kick Off - Flag Bearing Skydivers
  • Purdue Boilermaker Special from Purdue on site to give rides to kids
  • Indiana University Medical Lifeline Helicopter lands on the ball diamond (2PM)
  • Hot Dogs, Watermelon & Ice Cream - fun, food and free games for the entire family
  • Live Music
  • Boat Parade Winners Announced
4 PM Proud To Be An American Scholarship Awards

Schedule of Events

UPDATED 3 June 2016
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Lest We Forget!

Each year we salute our military personnel.  This year, 2016, we are proud to announce the Parade Grand Marshalls:  Our Cold War Veterans!  We urge all community members, families and visitors to join us in this grand celebration.

Thank You Partners!

  • A special thanks to the Tootsie Roll Company, Chicago IL. They donated 90 pounds of American Flag wrapped Tootsies to give away during our Celebration!
  • McDonald's gets up early on parade day to make fresh baked cookies for all aboard the Madam Carroll!
  • All aboard the boat will also receive complimentary Kinser's donuts and coffee courtesy of the AMVETS along with a blue fabric Walmart shopping bag filled with goodies.
  • In the Park, the Monticello Kiwanis grill and give away 1500 hot dogs donated by Kroger.
  • The Bank of Wolcott serves free watermelon and the Hubbard GM Center, along with the Bank, gives away bottled water
  • Fountain Pepsi Cola products are served free by the Roosevelt Middle School Cheerleaders. They clean up the park and Madam Carroll - perhaps a free will donation might be in order for the drinks.

  • Frito Lay donates of 2000+ bags of chips, pretzels, etc to give away in park.