The 2020 Parker Tube Float has been cancelled. The event, which had already been moved from its traditional date in early to mid-June to Aug. 1, was cancelled June 29 following Gov. Doug Ducey’s new executive orders regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The Executive Order issued June 29, No. 2020-43, specifically calls for tubing operations and centers to be closed until July 27. While the date of the Tube Float was after the order's expiration date, it is possible the order could be extended if there is no decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases.
The event is a fundraiser for the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. It has become one of the major summer events in the Parker area, and Tube Float weekend ranks with Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day as one of the biggest weekends of the summer for local motels, restaurants and merchants.
The 2021 Tube Float has been scheduled for June 12, 2021. Chamber Director Melissa Newton said the board will determine what to do with funds from people who have already registered for this year’s float.
On June 30, the Chamber had the following statement on their Facebook page:
“Per Executive Orders from Arizona's Governor Ducey on June 29, 2020, this year’s Parker Tube Float that was scheduled for August 1, 2020 on the Colorado River strip in Parker, Arizona will be postponed until June 12, 2021. We ask for your understanding and support. We miss you all and look forward to seeing you next year.”