At the heart of the festival is the race excitement, with almost 100 dragon boat teams comprised of thousands of paddlers representing teams that include local corporations and non-profits as well as competitive international caliber teams from across the U.S. and beyond. Come watch your favorite local corporations and community groups battle it out on the water.
Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 11:30 am, where monks will perform a traditional blessing and eye dotting ceremony to awaken the dragons for a weekend of racing.
What is dragon boat racing?
Dragon boating is a 2,500 year old sport that originated in China, but is now truly international, with teams in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The Dragon Boat Festival is one of three major holidays celebrated in Chinese communities around the world. A dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersperson, and is heavily reliant on timing and teamwork. There are no “stars” in dragon boating, as the success of the boat depends upon how well the team works together. Due to its ability to bring teams together, dragon boating has been exceptionally popular with corporate, community, and civic organizations.