A 3,000 Year Old Tradition- Boston Dragon Boat Festival
Get your team together for some Dragon Boat Racing! Dragon Boating is a 3,000 year old Chinese tradition which made it’s North American debut, courtesy of the Boston Children’s Museum & the Cambridge River Festival, in 1979. In 1980, Boston began hosting the Dragon Boat Festival at the Esplanade where they raced along the lagoon and performances were showcased in the Hatch Shell. Over 40 teams from all over North America converge in Boston for two days of racing. Last year, they had 44 teams and anticipate approx 50 again this year. They’ll have a combination of Dragon Boat Race clubs, collegiate, high school, corporate & community non-profits & Breast Cancer teams that enter.
Team registration information is on their website, or you can contact one of the local groups to join with them (four club teams in the Boston Metro area- Wellness Warriors, Living Root Dragon Boat Club, Harvard Dudley Dragon Boat Club & Dragon Boat Club Boston- first one formed by the Coaching staff from the Festival). Everyone races for different reasons, whether that is for fun, a really good workout, team building (used by corporations to foster team work ethic), psychological empowerment, or plain old competition. The Festival is about sharing multi-Asian cultural history w/ music, dance, drums, martial arts, songs & arts & crafts and of course there is an Asian food court.
The race this year is the 8th and 9th of June 2013. Saturday is racing only, which takes place over at the MIT Pierce Crew Boathouse from 8 AM to about 1PM; Sunday is on the Charles River near the Weeks Footbridge outside of Harvard Square, racing is all day 8AM to 5PM, with the Festival Opening Ceremony (Eye-Dotting- to awaken the Dragon Boats) at noon to 5 PM.
For more information, visit www.bostondragonboat.org