Grand Prairie's Dragon Boat Festival Promotes Team Building & Charitable Giving
The next event will be held at Loyd Park on June 10th, 2017.
Dragon Boat Racing is the main event! People from both local and regional communities gather together to compete in different heats. This all-day competition, however, is primarily focused on community building and charitable giving.
There will also be an after-party held at The Oasis: 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052. Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner, tea, and live entertainment. To RSVP, please CLICK HERE.
A Little History
Modern day dragon boating has few elements to this ancient tale remaining. However, it has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing together millions across the globe annually. Festivals with traditional Asian flare and culture are commonplace alongside a dragon boat race in recent years. High level competitions have also been organized since the mid 1970s.
But the sport's growth has been most commonly found at the grassroots level. Dragon boating has become an extremely popular vehicle for fundraising, and tool for corporate team building. Local communities combine these two concepts to breath new life into their waterfront areas, and to stimulate their local economy.
Teams are formed with 18-25 people from all walks of life. Any age, size, ability and gender can learn to paddle on a dragon boat team. 20 paddlers are seated in 10 rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers. The paddler's job is to paddle in unison with the entire team. The drummer's job is to beat the drum in sync with the paddlers and to motivate their team to the finish line. A steersperson (provided by the festival) stands in the stern of the boat, guiding the boat straight down the race course with a 10-foot oar.
Learn more by visiting the Dragon Boat Festival website.