The Big Float 7

The Big Float 7

Saturday, July 15, 2017    12:00  Noon
Willamette River - downtown Portland
2,500+ floaters   1,000+ observers and after-partiers

The Big Float is a celebration of our city’s river and a benefit for the Human Access Project. The goal is to get people to embrace the Willamette River and to advocate for public beaches and better human access to our downtown waterway. In addition, we support our river's preservation and healthy development as a public resource. Join the flotilla.  Viva la Riverlution!

 

Get into the river

The Big Float is Portland's summer parade, river float and beach party. It's a movement (for HAP) disguised as a party. Join us Sunday, July 10th at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The event is open to all ages. All floaters must wear a life jacket. It's a safe voyage, not a race. Be a part of an annual event that is making a cannonball-size impact in Portland. Join the Big Float flotilla!

 

For more information and to register, go to www.thebigfloat.com

 

After-float Portland Beach Party

After we float downstream and land at Tom McCall Bowl, we'll celebrate with an after-party on the beach and grass area.

There will be live music on a barge, beer/wine garden, food carts, a fun slip 'n slide, and kids' activities. Revelers can recline in their watercraft on the river – or frolic on the beach or grass bowl. 

 

- Live music barge (3 bands)
- Food carts, beverages
- Changing rooms and check-in for valuables
- Chair massages
- Fun for kids

 

Come on in – the water’s fine

Despite public perception (which we are trying to change), the Willamette River is approved for summer swimming, except in the now very rare instances when Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) conditions are present.

 

With the Big Pipe project now complete, it’s expected that a CSO will occur only once every two summers (but very likely never again). You are more likely to see a whale swim up the Willamette than see a CSO in summer! Oregon DEQ states that when CSO conditions are not present, “the Willamette River is safe for swimming and other recreational uses.”

 


The evolution of TBF

The Big Float was launched in July of 2010. In that inaugural event over a thousand intrepid floaters made the “Great Crossing” of the Willamette. TBF has grown in popularity and awareness every year since. Last year’s spectacle made a huge splash in the local media and drew over 2,300 participants. Visibility and interest continue to rise and the tide to embrace our river is growing stronger. Not only that, costume and watercraft creativity is rising as well.