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Annual event scheduled on the Clackamas River between Barton and Carver parks on Saturday, Aug. 17

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The fifth annual goth float on the Clackamas River will take place this weekend between Barton and Carver Parks.

You may not associate the gothic community with spending a summer day floating along the river, but an upcoming event might change that perception.

At the fifth annual Goth Float on the Clackamas River, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, participants will float between Barton and Carver Parks.

"(The float) breaks the stereotypes that our community has faced for decades — that we hate the outdoors and that we just hide inside and listen to gloomy music," said Nicole Stavenau, one of the event's organizers. "The stereotypes are wrong. . .We do a lot of things together that don't involve nightlife. It's fun to break that stereotype."

Last year, 175 people participated in the float, and this year, organizers expect 350-400 attendees.

Though the event is put together by Portland's gothic community, all are welcome.

"We're a very diverse and inclusive group. It's not just goths — all subcultures and cultures are included," Stavenau said. "A large group is a safe space for anyone who may not feel comfortable doing something like this alone or in a small group."

Attendees of this year's float are coming from as far as Seattle, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, NM.

Stavenau appreciates that people of all ages can participate in the float.

"The under 21 age group can come out and enjoy a day with their community that's safe and fun," she said.

She added that they typically receive positive feedback from other people on the river.

"When we float by, we get some inquisitive looks and then we hear comments like nice tattoos, nice mohawk," she said. "It's enjoyable to present ourselves to other people in the broader, local Portland community."

She noted that the group that comes to the Goth Float is a friendly one.

"Expect to have made a lot of new friends by the end of the float. You'll probably have a dozen friend requests on Facebook," she said. "It's a lot of fun spending time with eclectic and unique groups of people from all walks of life."

If you go

What: Fifth annual Goth Float on the Clackamas River

When: 11 a.m. Saturday,

Aug. 17

Starting point: Barton Park, 19009 S.E. Barton Park Road

Ending point: Carver Park, 14888 S. Springwater Road

More information: "5th Annual Goth Float on the Clackamas River" on Facebook


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