What could be more fun this summer than gathering your closest friends and family and heading to Parker, Arizona, for some fun under the sun in the 37th Annual Parker Tube Float? If an exciting new adventure isn’t already on the books for this year’s vacation, this little Arizona town is an excellent choice for your summer trip. The event itself is a great fundraiser for local businesses and supports the education sector of Parker. The Parker Tube Float is sponsored each year by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.
What Is the Tube Float?
Since 1972, the participants of the float have been jumping into their summer clothes or swim suits, tossing a tube into the water, and drifting on down the river to the end point at the Blue Water Resort and Casino. Previously, the event was a race, offering prizes to the participants who completed the six mile course with the fastest time. The starting number of entrants was a modest 187 people for the first ever Parker Tube Float. That number has grown considerably, and now includes over a thousand participants each year.
Bring a Friend!
Part of the fun of this particular event is the option of making it a group activity. Bring the family, the office, or a group of close friends to enter the race as well. Participants have the option of floating solo, in pairs, or with a team made up of their pals. Many groups have been known to link their tubes together to make a chain of tubes during the drift down the Colorado River. This year, the trek is a seven mile journey down the Parker Strip, starting at La Paz County Park and finishing up at the beach in front of the Blue Water Resort and Casino. No race is scheduled to take place this year. Instead, there will be prizes for feats and festivities for all rather than prizes for the fastest time.
As with all public events, there are some rules to keep everything running smoothly. Safety is always a number one priority during the Float. Precautions such as life vests and age limits have been put into place. There are also restrictions on the number of tubes that can be tied together. Special clamps must be used to secure tubes floating in a group, and parties with more than ten tubes must have a personal watercraft vehicle to assist with navigation. For a full list of rules and restrictions, visit the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Where Can I Start?
Once the tickets have been booked, head on over to the registration page. Participants who have pre-registered are granted free VIP parking passes. The sign-up fee is $10 per individual, with the start date set for June 7, 2014. Tubes and rafts are to be provided by the participant and will not be handed out at the starting line. Launching will be prohibited after 10 a.m. on the 7th, so make sure to have a plan in place for the day.
Whether spending the day alone or joining with friends and family, the 37th Annual Parker Tube race is bound to be a fun-filled day for all. Grab a raft or a tube, a good pair of sunglasses, plenty of sunblock and head over to Parker, Arizona for some much needed fun in the sun!