It may not be Fat Tuesday, and we may not be in New Orleans, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a Mardi Gras celebration! On Saturday August 13th, ditch the parade floats for floating down the Salt River for Mardi Gras Magic, the last themed event of the season for Salt River Tubing.


Even though Mesa, Ariz. is in the heart of a desert, visitors can take advantage of the city’s close proximity to a water recreation paradise. The closest river to Mesa is the mighty Salt River – mighty as it is the only commercially run class III & IV whitewater raft trip in the Sonoran Desert. Don’t worry, you won’t be taking on rapids for the purple, green, and gold festivities. Enjoy this cool retreat while floating leisurely along the lower Salt River via inner-tube, just don’t get any funny tan lines from your Mardi Gras beads! Tag your pics with #visitmesa