Fourth of July kayak, paddle board parade announced

Ashley Inge
Float the Fourth will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.

T&A Adventure Outfitters and Inn on the River are hosting Float the Fourth, a Fourth of July parade involving kayaks and paddle boards.

Participants are encouraged to deck out their kayaks/paddle boards in an Independence Day theme and join others in their own social distancing parade.

“When Wheeler Branch closed for the fourth, we wanted to do something fun for other people that would give them a chance to be able to do something for the fourth but also maintain social distancing, and there’s no better social distancing than being on your own water craft,” said Torie Kent, co-owner of T&A Adventure Outfitters. “We wanted to do something fun for the whole family and we’re going to be hanging out at Inn on the River for the rest of the day on the fourth so we thought a kayak parade would be a fun thing to do.”

The contestants will be posted on Facebook for individuals to vote on their favorite. Spectators can also view the float parade from the banks of the river walk at Heritage Park in downtown Glen Rose.

A winner will be chosen for the best decorated kayak/paddle board and a prize of a weekend camping package will be awarded – a two-night fully furnished camping experience at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

“Our mission statement is ‘enjoy outside together,’” Kent said. “We live a very outdoorsy lifestyle and we think that’s a healthy lifestyle. We try to do our best to raise our kids that way and we want to inspire other people to live that healthy outdoor lifestyle as well.”

Participants will meet at Inn on the River at 8 a.m. on July 4, and will float around 9 a.m.

An entry fee of a canned food item or other nonperishable item is required to participate. Cash donations will also be accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Papa’s Pantry.

Food and entertainment will be provided for the whole family hosted by Inn on the River.

Kayaks and paddle boards will be available to rent after the parade, but participants will need to bring their own boat or board as well as decorations in order to be entered to win the camping package.

“It’s a small thing to decorate, but I think it’s going to be interesting to see what creative ideas people come up with and to see people enjoy themselves even though it looks a little different than it used to before COVID. It’ll be good to see smiles on people’s faces,” Kent said.

To sign up, visit https://tandaadventureoutfitters.com/july-events-gr. Signups will close on midnight on Friday, July 3.