Downtown beach party
It would not be a proper Portland celebration without an after-party. Hence, the TBF 6 Summer Beach Party - featuring live bands on a barge, beer/wine garden, food carts, free chair massages, and fun for kids (and adults). This year, for the first time we'll have not one, but two 100-foot long slip 'n slides - on the grass in the Tom McCall Bowl. For those who wish to stay in the water there will be a swimming area marked off.
Three bands will play on the main river barge stage: Hit Machine, Ants in the Kitchen, and Charts. All will rock the bowl!
Adding more flavor will be the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, Portland's Mardi Gras march ensemble who will lead floaters parades, backed by the explosively effervescent sounds of LoveBomb Go-Go.
And hey, guess what? Turns out innertubes make great recliners. So after you float find a nice spot to lounge and take in the sun. Enjoy the music and go back in for a dip.
Floaters get in to the Beach Party as part of their registration to The Big Float with a TBF wristband. Non-floaters are welcome as well. You pay a measly $10 admission at the door.
Stick around and enjoy the party - tell tales of your tremendous voyage!