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Raft the Rio, New Mexico, May 2009

Raft the Rio is an annual event in New Mexico along the Rio Grande from the towns of Las Cruces to Mesilla, a distance of about 3 miles. Hundreds of local people participated this year, sailing their home-made rafts. The official theme was recycling, and some rafts were indeed made of recycled materials, but many people also dressed in costumes with a variety of river/sailing themes. As always, it was a warm, very bright, and whimsical day.

See also the 2010 Raft the Rio at: http://www.pbase.com/tconelly/raftrio2010
The starting point just below the bridge over the Rio Grande at Picacho Ave. Headhunters Four-man slingshot has just launched a projectile
Raft made with recycled plastic bottles and aluminim cans
A large group of Egyptian rafters floating down the Rio Nile