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Boston — By Maria Olia on May 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, Events, festival, Outdoors & Recreation

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The antithesis of the Head of the Charles Regatta, the Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is both an international sporting event and a Chinese cultural celebration. Now in its 31st year, this is North America’s longest running dragon boat festival. This year’s festivities will take place on Sunday, June 13 from 12 PM- 5PM at the Weeks Footbridge which spans Boston and Cambridge.  It is quite a spectacle-  brightly-colored, fantastical looking boats with a dragon head and tail are powered by teams of rowers paddling to the beat of a drum, racing down the Charles River. Teams participating in the dragon boat races are a mix of competitive and recreational paddlers representing diverse cultural and community backgrounds- some are local teams, others are visiting from other East coast cities and some come from as far away as Canada.

For spectators, the Dragon Boat Festival is known for its  traditional music, dance, and martial arts performances. Kids will love the art and crafts tent, where they can get creative help from volunteers to learn how to use chopsticks, make origami, and play with tangram pieces. And dozens of food vendors from area restaurants and Asian cultural organizations will be selling authentic Asian cuisine – dumplings, rice plates, even bubble tea!

The festival is free and open to the public, and takes place rain or shine. Note, this is a Sunday event and Memorial Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic all day. The best bet to reach the festival is to take the T (Red Line) to Harvard Square and walk to the Weeks Footbridge (Map).

Image Credit: Boston Dragon Boat Festival Committee

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