There are two exciting events coming up celebrating Asian culture with the Dragonboat Exhibition and Race and the Asian Festival.
The Dragonboat Exhibition will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. West Bank Park, 181 S. Washington Blvd. Get there early at 7:30 am for the Taichi Exercise and Demonstration, 7:45 am for the Dragon boat Eye-Dotting ceremony, and 8:15 am for the Lion Dance prior to first race.
About Dragonboat Racing:
“A dragon boat is a twenty foot canoe with a decorative dragonhead on the front and a tail on the back. A drummer sits facing the paddlers and directs them with the beat of the drum. A steersman stands in the rear and guides the boat with a long, wooden oar. The paddlers sit two by two on ten benches. These individuals paddle the stroke in unison to fly the dragon across the water. It is this synchronicity that is the key to racing. Dragon boat racing is as amazing to be a part of as it is to watch.”
In addition there will be Dragon and Lion dancing, Tai-chi workshop, and exhibits of Asian kites and lanterns.
Celebrate Asian culture at the Asian Festival on Saturday, May 25-26, 2019 at Franklin Park from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. This free annual event features Asian food, games, cultural exhibits and performances, Kids’ area, health pavilion, martial arts, market place, and a career fair. Check out the activities and schedule on the website.
1777 East Broad Street
West Bank Park