Dragons on the Bayou

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Have you ever seen a bunch of 40-foot, Hong Kong-style Dragon Boats racing up and down Buffalo Bayou? No? Well, here’s your chance!

The 6th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival is this Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Allen’s Landing in Downtown Houston. Organized by the Texas Dragon Boat Association, the races will feature traditional Hong Kong style BuK Dragon Boats measuring 40 feet in length, 4 feet in width, and carring 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 steersperson. On average, these boats weigh 500 pounds. Come out and watch up to 30 paddling teams competing for the Dragon Boat Championship Cup!

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Now, if I were the betting type, I’d put my money on the Asia Society of Young Professionals (ASYP) team taking home the Cup. Why? Because ASYP was last year’s Champions (beating the Continental Airlines and Houston Police Department teams)….and I’m paddling with them this year! woohoo!

For more info on Dragon Boats and Dragon Boat racing:

What is Dragon Boat Racing?
Dragon Boat Festival from Discover Hong Kong
Wiki article on Dragon Boat Festivals
International Dragon Boat Federation
United States Dragon Boat Federation
Dragon Boating & Dragon Boat Festivals (a blog documenting news and racing info for Dragon Boat races around the world)
Houston Rowing Club’s Happy Dragons Team

[**Shout out to the multi-media-talented Sarah Graybeal, who designed this year’s logo]

1 Comment so far

  1. LessCowbell (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    I’m one of the first-time “pick up” paddlers.

    I’ll be in the “engine room” of the Greater Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau’s boat

    Wish us luck!



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