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Grand Prairie's Dragon Boat Festival Promotes Team Building & Charitable Giving

Apr 12, 2017 01:50PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories: Life+Leisure, Today




For the fourth year in a row, the Dragon Boat Festival is coming back to the Grand Prairie area. This event brings together communities of all types to work on team building in a fun, competitive setting.

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.

Dragon Boat Festival - start Jun 10 2017 0900AM

Dragon Boat Festival: Jun 10, 2017 9:00AM

Dragon Boating is back for year four in Grand Prairie, TX! The 4th annual Grand Prairie Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake. The event is now open for te... Read More » 

 

A Little History

With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China.  The legends include warring states, radical politics and fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man - Qu Yuan. This man was exiled from the land that he loved, and in turn committed suicide in the Miluo River in a final form of protest against the corruption of his era.  During an attempt to save Qu Yuan, the locals took to the river in their fishing boats, splashing their paddles to keep the water demons and evil spirits away.

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

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