Hundreds of college students kick off Labor Day on the Brazos

Posted at 9:38 PM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:06-05

Hundreds of college students showed up to the very first annual Brazos River Float at Indian Springs Park.

Students who presented their college I.D. could float on the Brazos, play games, eat free food, and listen to music to kick off the Labor Day weekend.

The Greater Waco Chamber worked with various local businesses to throw the party for college students.

Emily Embry, the chair of the Chamber’s Young Professionals division, said that throwing the party was about more than just celebrating Labor Day.

Embry said that statistically, more students drop out over the Labor Day holiday than any other time during the school year. She said that's the main reason the Chamber decided to have the event. 

“They chose to have this event so that we can keep all of those students in town and enrolled in universities,” Embry said.

But for two Baylor bears, the float was all about letting loose and having fun.

“We get to hang out with friends [and] to have… chill time since I’m off from school,” said Kyla Moore.

“It’s a good time,” said Jason Rodriguez. “If anyone else knows about it, I would definitely tell them to come next year because it’s great. “

Embry said more than 650 students came to the event, and that the Chamber will more than likely host it again next year because it was so successful.

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