Anything That Floats Parade

Anything That Floats Parade

Show the River your wacky side

The Anything That Floats Parade is where people from all walks of life come and express their creativity on the river. Teams work together to create all sorts of river vessels; some simple, some elaborate, some made from recycled materials, and others made with lots of flair. The sky is the limit, as long as it floats. The whole parade is hosted during the annual RiverFest Music Festival at New Belgium where people can watch the floats go by from the liquid center deck.

Thank you to everyone who came out to participate and watch the parade this year! There were some amazing floats, and plenty of smiling faces by the river. We’re already thinking of ways to make next years parade even better, so start thinking about all of your cool float ideas now.  

Anything That Floats Parade 2019 Photos

Thanks to this years sponsors!

If you’d like to be a sponsor for this event please contact Laila Johnston at
2019 Parade Winners
  • Most Eco-Friendly: Zed
  • Most Creative: Freedom Floaters
  • Funniest: New Belgium Brewing
  • Cutest: The Floating Gypsy
  • Safety First!! Be responsible on the river.
  • No motorized rafts and no glass bottles on the river.
  • All teams should pre-register and pay the raft fee by Friday July 12th.
  • Life jackets are required for anyone under 18 and must be worn at all times on the river.
  • Adults are strongly encouraged to wear life jackets – please bring your own.
  • All rafts and supplies must be removed from the river and the Craven St boat launch by 7:00 p.m.
  • Carry a trash bag on your raft and take all trash with you to the take-out.
  • Must have love and appreciation for the river!
When should we register?

Early registration starts on April 20th, the registration fee during this time is only $25. After this registration will go from July 1st until Friday July 12th and the registration fee will be $40. On the registration you can indicate if you want to float with another raft. Once you register, you will receive additional information via email.

Where does the raft parade Start?

Rafts are launched at Hominy Creek Park. All floaters will need to sign a liability form when they arrive. French Broad Outfitters will be open at Hominy Creek Park with food, drinks, bathrooms, and music!

What time should my team be at Hominy Creek?

Floats will begin to put on the river at 9:30 AM and the last float should be putting on no later than 2. We recommend that teams allow enough time to drop off their float, take vehicles to the take out, and get a shuttle back to Hominy Creek Park. At the put-in teams will check-in, sign waivers, and do any final float assembly before having an official photo taken. Launching may be delayed for unexpected reasons, so be prepared to be flexible and follow the guidance from the RiverLink Volunteers.

Where do the rafts take out?

Take-out is at the Craven St Boat Launch which is directly across from New Belgium Brewery. Rafts must finish here to qualify as a “winner” please do not stop or get off the river before this unless it’s an emergency. Volunteers will direct you to the take out site and help get your float out of the water. This take-out is within walking distance to New Belgium where RiverFest is being held, so we encourage floaters to check it out.

Parking for cars and trailers?

There is limited space for vehicles at this event so please carpool as much as possible. Teams should plan to drop off floats at Hominy Creek Park along with most of their team members. A few drivers can then move vehicles and trailers to our Cotton Mill property, which is directly across from the Craven St. take-out. Volunteers will then be available to shuttle drivers back to the put-in. This will allow us to keep the put-in mostly clear, and ensure that you have your vehicle at the end of the float.

Official Photos

A photographer will take a photo of your team and your raft. Please have your raft and your full team available for this official photograph 10 minutes prior to launch time. RiverLink Volunteers will help you get set up with the photographer. Pictures will be available on the web.

What are the winning categories?

We will be judging the floats and picking the best ones for:

  • Most Creative
  • Funniest
  • Most Eco-friendly
  • Cutest