No, the cruise ships did not join the parade. The kayak did.
In addition to the large elephant (complete with squirting trunk) and human figures, this boat had a large band playing lively tunes.
This boat didn't win an award (I'm guessing it was hosted by one of the sponsoring organizations, which were ineligible) but it was my personal favorite. In case it isn't clear in the photos, the "fish" are fishing for humans!
The pirate canoe in the foreground won second place in the paddler category.
Wearing the banana costume in the shark kayak is Johnny Waldschmidt, who received the first place award in the paddler category.
Kudos to all who participated. If you're a boat owner, watch for next year's boat parade!
Full disclosure: I am a former board member of Milwaukee Riverkeeper and the current artist in residence for the Harbor District, Inc.