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*Correction: This article originally said organizers cancelled the event due to a “disenchantment with the Trump administration.” That statement has been redacted due to editor’s error, and the article has been corrected.*

Daryl “Dancing Man” Young and Midori Tajiri-Byrd, 2014’s Kolossos king and queen, parade down Bayou St. John before giving up their crown. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

After a May cancellation by its original organizers, the annual 4th of July boat parade on Bayou St. John will float on Tuesday.

Indivisible New Orleans, a grassroots activism organization, is hosting the “patriotic evening of dissent” after Krewe of Kolossos cancelled the yearly fest earlier this year.

The 4th of July “Kayak-tivism” event keeps the yearly aquatic parade alive while celebrating “the patriotic dissent of early Americans who were activists for our freedom from British rule,” according to an Indivisible NOLA release.

The public is invited to don their best Americana, decorate a boat, and come demonstrate with members of Indivisible NOLA, organizers said.

Prizes will be awarded for the best boat decoration, best costume and best poster or sign.

Indivisible NOLA also addressed Bayou St. John residents’ concerns about litter, pets and parking. Participants will be responsible for their own trash and boats, and a clean-up committee will also be formed to prevent any litter from flowing into the waterway. Boats – makeshift or proper – cannot be left in the bayou and pet owners are required to pick up dog waste.

Participants also cannot park on the greenway near the Bayou, block driveways or roads with cars or grill in the area.

The aquatic parade kicks off Tuesday at 5 p.m. with a blessing of the fleet and reading of a revised Declaration of Independence, called “Declaration of Inter-dependance.” The official event continues until 7 p.m.

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