For 2013, based on popular demand the parade route will be shortened. We will start the parade on the westside at the Tom McCall Bowl (also the take out) and will march south on the west bank Esplanade to the Marquam Bridge Beach, being careful to be respectful of other users of the Esplanade.
We will launch at the Marquam Bridge beach, then voyage downstream to the Tom McCall Bowl, where river revelers will be regaled by three bands on a floating barge. Portland's first downtown beach party!
Our course: downstream
Participants will enter the river from Marquam Bridge beach and float downstream under the supervision of Coast Guard personnel. Kayaker chaperones will also provide escort help.
Floaters will land on the west bank at Tom McCall Bowl, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge. A post-float beach party will be held with live music on a barge and beer, wine, food carts, kids area and free chair massages on the grassy bank of the Tom McCall Bowl. All floaters must have a flotation device and wear a life vest. No alcohol is allowed on the float, but will be available at the after-party.