Dragon Boat Festival
By: Misha Morê

Dragon boat racing is the second fastest growing outdoor sport in the world, according to Paddler magazine. It combines tradition with modern day teamwork, enthusiasm, and strategy.  

They use traditional Hong Kong style Dragon Boats for the festival. These boats measure 49 feet in length, 4 feet in width, and carry 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steersperson. On average, these boats weigh 500 pounds.

Teams would race down a 250-meter waterway on the day of the festival.  All teams are provided with two practice sessions prior to race day.

No prior experience is necessary to race dragon boats. 
The important thing to have is a competitive spirit and the ability to work together as a team.

The purpose of the Houston Dragon Boat Festival is to promote the sport and tradition of dragon boat racing, sharing this dramatic
aspect of Asian culture with the greater Houston community during Asian/Pacific American Heritage month.  In addition, the Dragon Boat Festival showcases the remarkable renovations happening along our own Buffalo Bayou.  Proceeds from the Dragon Boat Festival will go towards promotion of dragon boat racing in Texas and toward charitable activities.  The Dragon Boat Festival is also a way of encouraging Houstonians to become more physically fit, while enjoying the outdoor opportunities of our city.

There were different forms of entertainment that everyone got to enjoy combining cultural dancing, singing, instruments, and
martial arts throughout the day for a very festive day.

And congratulations to Continental Airlines for winning the Dragon Cup in the Houston Dragon Boat Festival 2003. 







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