MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac VFW Post 5491 and its auxiliary held their annual Independence Day patriotic boat parade around Lake Mahopac on Saturday, July 4.
The event was organized by the VFW’s Luke Rathschmidt and VFW Auxiliary’s Ann Marie Vicario. Boat captains Tom Yandoli, Jim Maxwell, Charlie Sanchez and George Tompkins led the parade, with Steve Stasiak riding alongside on a wave runner, and Jim Ratchschmidt in a kayak videotaping the procession. All boaters on the lake were invited to join, and the result was a parade of nearly 40 vessels, led by Carmel police officers Brian Ford and Brian Sillery on the police boat. The parade went all around the lake and was met with flag-waving cheers from people onshore.