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WHAT THE HECK IS THE BIG FLOAT?

The Big Float is a celebration of the Willamette River – a parade/float/beach party in downtown Portland.

People gather at Tom McCall Waterfront Park with floating implements and life jackets, then take a ¼-mile parade route to the launch point at Poet’s Beach, and float downstream back to the starting point at Tom McCall Park.

The event features two floating stages with one stage mid-float and one at the after-party where bands on a river barge pump out awesome tunes.

Tom McCall Park serves as the staging area where folks fill up innertubes, check in valuables, grab food at one of our seven food carts and listen to pre-float live music.

WHO GOES TO THIS AWESOME EVENT?

Throngs of people attend TBF every summer. Over the last nine years, over 20,000 have joined the flotilla. Top attendance was 5,000 in 2018. The demographics include families, kids, and fun-loving adults of all ages (skewing younger and slightly more female).

Since The Big Float is an environmental party with a purpose, our audience tends to respond well to products considered green and eco-friendly.

WHEN’S THE NEXT BIG FLOAT?    

Saturday, July 9, 2022
10:00 am – 6:30 pm  
Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Cost: $6 early bird, $12 advance, $15 day of event

This year will be our 10TH anniversary! We always get great press leading up to the event, but this year being our 10th anniversary we expect particular attention and a big turnout. We’re back after two years off from Covid.

WHAT OTHER SPONSORS ARE ON BOARD?

You can join a great roster of some of Portland’s strongest brands such as Subaru, Next Adventure, Kona Brewing, 2 Towns Cider House, Olympia Provisions, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Point West Credit Union, Portland Spirit, Popina Swimwear, and Mt. Hood Meadows to name a few.

We offer exclusivity per category. For example, we have only one car vendor, one cider vendor, one beer vendor.

WHAT’S THE BIG FLOAT FOR?

The event benefits the Human Access Project (HAP) {hyperlink humanaccessproject.com}, a volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to helping people connect with their river, embrace it, and perhaps even fall in love with it. Imagine that!

Any proceeds from the event support HAP’s mission to Transform Portland’s Relationship with the Willamette River. For instance, our work led to the opening of Poet’s Beach, a public beach spot under the Marquam Bridge that serves as The Big Float’s put-in point. In short, The Big Float is a movement disguised as a party!

JOIN THE FLOTILLA 

Become a TBF sponsor and fly your company flag in support of your river! Be a part of Portland’s “Riverlution”!

Sponsor Levels (logo size and site presence increase with sponsorship level):

HISTORY MARCHES AND FLOATS ON

Human Access Project was launched in 2010. The Big Float is HAP’s major fundraising event of the year. It’s grown into one of Portland’s most popular outdoor events and has received national and international media attention.

Learn more about The Big Float at www.thebigfloat.com.

CONTACT

Jump in with us! For more info, contact HAP Ringleader Willie Levenson.   

willie@humanaccessproject.com

www.humanaccessproject.com