As part of our RiverFest & Craft Show extravaganza, announcing the RiverFest Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade! Become a river-lover! Collect your team, decorate a craft, and have a blast, all while supporting conservation of the Occoquan River.

RiverFest Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade

June 4, 2023

Help support our river’s ecology, water quality, and help keep our local wildlife healthy! Design and decorate a river vessel that expresses your team’s creativity– be it raft, canoe, inflatable, dinghy, kayak, rowboat or other non-motorized craft and join us for the first ever RiverFest Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade on June 4, 2023! The greater portion of your registration fees goes toward Occoquan’s Million Mighty Mussel Project in partnership with Potomac RiverKeeper Network.

The morning of June 4th, you’ll put your craft (or flotilla!) in the river and ride, paddle, or row the 1/2 mile along the coastline of town to arrive at the Occoquan footbridge between 10:30 and 11am. Visitors can watch the parade from there, at Conservation Alley, or at the Town Dock. Judging takes place at the footbridge at 11am and the award ceremony is at 2pm in River Mill Park.


ENTER by May 20, NOW MAY 30! to win in one of 5 categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Best Eco-Float
  • Funniest
  • Best Overall
  • Business (Sponsor)

Registration for the parade is $45 per float. Businesses interested in participating become official sponsors of the event. The fee for businesses is $150.

Registration, Rules, and FAQ can be found here.

Questions can be directed to jlittle@occoquanva.gov.

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