Rafting gone dry

Some 2,000 to 3,000 area drinking, fighting and rafting enthusiasts, faced with an emergency alcohol ban, crowded the American River for a “secret” Rafting Gone Wild celebration on Saturday, July 13, and behaved as boorishly as expected.

Almost two-dozen people were arrested. Citations were written. The cops—ever the poopers of parties—confiscated their share of booze.

With attendance down by about a third from last year—mostly due to the booze prohibition announced days earlier by Sacramento County park officials—law enforcement reported a quieter celebration. After the event, one rafter deemed the social-media driven river party “weak as F*** this year huh.”