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Dragon Boat Festival returns to Veterans Park


July 28, 2016

 

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Chinese Community Center will present the fourth Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival at Milwaukee County’s Veterans Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The free event showcases Chinese culture and tradition with dragon-boat racing as the main attraction. Other highlights include the eye-dotting and dragon dance, cultural exhibits, and performances of traditional dance, Chinese folk music, and martial arts. Authentic Chinese food will be available for purchase.

Dragon boat racing will begin at 8 a.m. With vibrantly colored dragon heads and tails, the 43-foot-long boats are sometimes referred to as “canoes on steroids.” Teams of up to 21 men and women will row their boat in unison to the beat of their drummer. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House.

After the first round of dragon boat racing will be the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Veterans Park is on the lakefront at 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. For more information, visit milwaukeedragonboatfest.org.