People Will Paddle Down The Wallkill Next Sunday in New Paltz, New York
If you are planning to be in New Paltz on June 11th make sure you leave time to witness one of the town's most talked about annual events. That will be the date for the New Paltz Regatta held almost every year since 1955.
This event includes a parade down through town with the participants and their hopeful floats/boats in tow. This gives them an opportunity to show off the craft that they plan to navigate down the Wallkill from what was called the "Old Swimming Hole" now known as the New Paltz Boat Launch on Plains Road.
What is the New Paltz Regatta in New Paltz, New York?
Once all the homemade water crafts are launched the race is on. The plan should they stay afloat is to be the first to make it to the finish line which is officially the Carmine Liberta Bridge. That is where Route 299 crosses the Wallkill River and the end of town as you head out to The Ridge.
When Is the New Paltz Regatta in New Paltz, New York?
If you want to witness this exciting community event make sure you leave plenty of time to get to New Paltz on June 11th. The turnout for this 60-plus-year tradition is expected to be big. The Parade kicks off from the Village Hall at 1 PM and typically the spectators just follow the floats/boats to the Wallkill. Of course, you can also just head straight to the Water Street Market for a front-row view.
This grainy video shared by DJRodan on YouTube gives you a look at the origin of the New Paltz Regatta. According to the video description, this is found footage of the Regatta and parade held in 1955.
Fast Forward to the New Paltz Regatta 2018 to see how other than filming technology the race itself hasn't changed much. It is still an event for all ages and for some looks like a crazy way to navigate the Wallkill River under the Carmine Liberta Bridge.