The Big Float (TBF) is a public parade, float and after-party that draws thousands of river revelers to the Willamette River in downtown Portland each July. This year we're excited to celebrate with live music by Blitzen Trapper and Redray Frazier, as well as inner tube parades at 1:00 and 2:30 and a lot more!
The objective of TBF is to raise awareness that although there is a lot of work ahead to fully restore the ecological health of the Willamette River, its water quality (thanks to the Big Pipe) is now safe for humans to swim and recreate in.
The Big Float after-party is held at the Tom McCall Bowl on the westside of the Willamette River. This is the registration staging area and the floaters’ take out point and grass-lounging after-party area. Here, participants can enjoy live music from bands playing from two separate barges on the water, swim in the McCall Bowl Lagoon, and chill on the beach. There will also be a kids area with bounce houses, two 75 foot slip and slides, plus food carts, beer and wine, and free chair massages.
Human Access Project’s organizational vision is “A City in Love with its River”. HAP’s goals are to create more human access points to the Willamette River, inspire Portlanders to get into the Willamette River, and facilitate stewardship of the Willamette River and Watershed. HAP has had tremendous success with PR being covered multiple times over from virtually every media outlet in Portland and beyond. HAP has also been successful creating better access to and activating underutilized beaches in downtown Portland.
WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Cost is $5 through 7/7, then $10; day of event cost is $15.