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Annual goth float on the Clackamas River held between Barton and Carver parks last weekend

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of Portland's gothic community took to the Clackamas River for a float on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Spending a day outdoors breaks several stereotypes about the gothic community, which is one reason why organizers of the fifth annual Goth Float on the Clackamas River look forward to the event.

"The stereotypes are wrong . . . We do a lot of things together that don't involve nightlife. It's fun to break that stereotype," float organizer Nicole Stavenau said in a previous interview. "When we float by, we get some inquisitive looks and then we hear comments like nice tattoos, nice mohawk. It's enjoyable to present ourselves to other people in the broader, local Portland community."

The event on Saturday, Aug. 17, drew approximately 70 people of all ages. Though the day saw several clouds, participants on the float proceeded on their route between Barton and Carver parks.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of the gothic community are excited to be floating on the Clackamas River on Saturday, Aug. 17.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Participants in last weekend's goth float begin their journey along the Clackamas River.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A variety of floatation devices were used during the fifth annual Goth Float on the Clackamas River on Saturday, Aug. 17.


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