Dragon Boat Festival This Weekend August 7th in Flushing Meadow Park

 



Dragon Boat
 August 7th and 8th at
Meadow Lake inside Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens NY

9am-5pm rain or shine.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a multicultural celebration
and sporting event, and is the largest multicultural festival in New York. It
keeps up the age old tradition of Dragon Boat Racing in colorful, custom made
teak boats, which are virtual works of art gliding on water. Custom made by a
small coterie of craftsmen in Hong Kong, weighing one ton each, colorfully
painted with a Dragon head at the front and Dragon tail at the rear, the boats
are piloted by up to 20 crewmen, including 18 paddlers, a drummer and
steersperson.

 

In Celebration of the "Year of the Tiger" the
20th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York announced that this years
competition is to be held on Saturday, August 7th & Sunday, August 8th,
2010. It will feature $20k in cash & prizes for competitors in this years
US Dragon Boat Open Championship .With a number of international teams
including for the first time three teams from Italy and several very
competitive teams returning from Canada, the festival will host over 165 teams
consisting of 2,000 competitors.

Other festival events consist of 2 special Cup races, The
Hong Kong Cup and the Municipal Cup featuring various teams from our elected
officials and the annual Charity Race.

 

For nineteen successful years HKDBF-NY has attracted a
diverse, multi-cultural audience of more than 60,000 attendees throughout North
America. With more than 150+ well-trained teams, involving more than 2,000
participants competing from across the U.S. and Canada, this year's festival is
expected to be notable in its scale and fierce competition.

 

Racing starts at 9:00 a.m. and events last throughout the
day until 5:00 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Other festival events consist of presentations
of traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional
Dragon dance, musical and other diverse performances and demonstrations of folk
arts and crafts. An ethnic food court and booths staffed by sponsors of the
event many of whom will be giving away promotional items, and many
community-based organizations participating help make for a unique, action
packed, multi-cultural, New York weekend.

 

The tradition of Dragon Boat Racing is an annual Chinese
rite commemorating the idealistic poet and reformer Qu Yuan who drowned himself
in the third century B.C. to protest against his emperor's policies. The locals
raced in their boats in an attempt to rescue the poet. To prevent fish and
water dragons from eating his body, the locals beat their drums and splashed
their paddles. This was the beginning of Dragon Boat Racing.

 

Admission to the festival is Free, and events take place
Rain or Shine.

 

Directions to the Festival by car:

 Take the Long
Island Expressway to Van Wyck Expressway to exit 11 south, then stay on service
road to the Park. Parking is severely limited. Please take the MTA or car pool.
Parking on-site is limited, you can park at the CitiField lot and take the
shuttle with your MetroCard or use correct change.

 

Directions to the Festival by Public
Transport:

Festival goers can use their MetroCard to take the #7
Train to the CitiField stop and transfer from there to shuttle buses that will
take them directly to the Festival site, or they can walk from the CitiField
stop (about 15 minutes) or take the colorful park trolley to the festival site.