Portland, OR. Over four thousands water lovers took a dip in the Willamette River for the 9th annual Big Float, which benefits the Human Access Project. Floaters launched at Poet’s Beach under Marquam Bridge on July 13th and drifted down to Tom McCall Bowl in Waterfront Park. The Human Access Project “River Hugger Swim Team” swam across the river, the Rose City Raindrops presented their best synchronized swim routine, and a pirate’s cannon signaled the start of the floating party.

Here are some images from the festivities:

From the Human Access Project HAP:

The Human Access Project vision is simple:  a city in love with its river. This grassroots not-for-profit group has three concentric goals: 1) Create a human habitat and more access points along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. 2) Inspire people to get into the Willamette River. 3) Facilitate stewardship of the Willamette River and Watershed.