Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2012by
The 24th annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival takes over False Creek this weekend with a free festival and hundreds of racers from dozens of teams paddling for victory. From Friday, June 15, 2012 to Sunday, June 17, 2012 everyone is invited to Creekside Community Centre and the surrounding area of False Creek to watch the dragon boat races.
A blessing ceremony will kick everything off this afternoon at 1:00pm at the dock off Ontario, near the Science World dome.
The races will start at 8:00am on Saturday and the World Beat Stage and beer garden will open at 11:00am. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy offerings from food vendors, browse the marketplace, learn more about participating non-profits, and the kids area will entertain younger family members.
It’s a dazzling event with powerful paddlers and entertainment in and out of the water. Follow the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival on Facebook and Twitter for information this the weekend and how to get involved throughout the year.
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The paddlers are thrilled as the dragon boat festival was given a gift of nine fast new dragon boats this year in memory of co-founder Milton Wong. These boats are made in Germany (!) and are comfortable and high-performing. they are what is used in most international competitions.
We encourage everyone to come down and watch a race or two over the weekend. Paddles up!