Dragon Boat Festival will return to St. Paul

June 9, 2013 by  

Free to attend, the 10th Dragon Boat Festival is taking place in St. Paul for two days this July. The festival highlights the culture of all of Asia, especially dragon boat racing.

The main event of the festival will be the races themselves. A full 28 teams of 20 participants will compete in various divisions for a trophy medal. The boat is 40 x 4 feet in dimension, and each team is made up of 18 paddlers, a flag holder, and a drummer who helps the paddlers keep in sync. Dragon boat racing has a long tradition in China.

In addition, there will also be music and dance on the cultural performance stage, authentic Asian costumes, plenty of food, canoe rides, a children’s area, martial arts demonstrations, and vendors. Performances expected will include Taeko drummers and Chinese flute. Vendors will be selling mainly Asian-inspired merchandise representative of countries such as Japan, Korea, and China, as well as a wide variety of food choices.

Organizers will probably be working with St. Paul printing companies to prepare for this popular free event. Investing in sign, poster, or banner printing services could help provide direction at the event and recognize the sponsors and volunteers who made it possible.

The Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Lake Phalen Park over the weekend of July 13 to 14 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. For more information, or to volunteer to help out, visit the event’s website.