One of my fave events of the summer is the annual Big Float—where around 2000 people armed with floating devices of all kinds, float and play in the Willamette. It's a great way to have fun AND remember how important the river is to all of our lives—BUT! If you're anything like me, you can't stand any amount of annoyances, and that includes waiting in line for Big Float wristbands. That's why I—and you, I trust—will be picking them up TOMORROW, July 23, at Popina Hollywood (2030 NE 42nd) between 6 and 8 pm. (Save even more time by purchasing your wristbands ahead of time here.)
Then, armed with your wristband, you can roll right out of bed on Sunday, grab your Disney Princess embossed inner tube and hop unimpeded into the Willamette. JOIN US, IT'S ALWAYS A GODDAMN BLAST!
The Big Float
Sunday, July 28, 2013
9:00 am-1:00 pm on-site registration at Tom McCall Bowl (where Blues Fest is held)
11:30 am inner-tube parade starts
Noon first group of tubers in the water
12:15 pm first band starts on barge
PRO TIP #2: NOTE THE CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR'S BIG FLOAT:
This year, instead of crossing the Willamette River, we’ll float downstream. We launch from Marquam Beach (same as last year) and take out at the Tom McCall Bowl – on the west bank of the river just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
This is where we UnRocked the Beach last fall. And it’s where we’ll gather after the float for Portland’s first downtown beach party – including a music barge and three bands. Revelers can recline in their watercraft on the river – or frolic on the beach or grass bowl.
New TBF 3 features for 2013
-Live music barge (all 3 bands)
-Food carts, beverages (this year Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Wines!)
-Changing rooms and check-in for valuables
-Free chair massages
-Fun for kids (we're gettin' a bounce house - at least one)
-Expedited entrance into the water with new Coast Guard agreement (significantly improved).
The Big Float is open to all ages. All floaters must wear a life jacket. It's a safe voyage, not a race. Join the flotilla and attend the grandest pool party Portland has ever seen!