15th Annual Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival Returns For Another Exciting Weekend
2011-07-19 · By Editor
Entries include teams from China, Canada, Macao, the U.S. Midwest and East Coast and 25 collegiate teams – including the University of California, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine and UC San Diego –from the International Collegiate Dragon Boat Federation.
Each entry features 18-20 paddlers in brightly-decorated boats, with races – each of which is accompanied by the beating of a traditional drum – running from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. each day. Races include distances of 500 meters, 200 meters and a special 2,000 meter circle race, part of the Collegiate World Championships.
Admission is free for the weekend, which also includes traditional Chinese art and music, acrobats, Lion Dancing, martial arts performances, educational booths and ethnic cuisine. For information, visit www.lbdragonboat.com, or call (562) 434-2366.
A 2011 Long Beach Sea Festival event, the festival commemorates the life of ancient poet/patriot Qu Yuan (340-278 BC) during the warring states period of China.
Sponsors of the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival include: the International Culture Exchange Association; China Airlines; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.; KNBC-TV; Pan Construction, Inc.; Panda Express; Pepsico Food Svc.; PrimeNet and SeaPort Marina Hotel.
The Long Beach Sea Festival enjoys financial support from, Premier Sponsor – The Port of Long Beach; Gold Sponsors – Waste Management; Silver Sponsors – TranSystems, The Long Beach Airport, Bellingham Marine, Valero Oil, Supervisor Don Knabe, ; Bronze Sponsors – Moffatt & Nichol, Anchor QEA, Matson Navigation, AES Alamitos, BNSF, Aquarium of the Pacific, Fred Hall Fishing and Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau; Media and Marketing Partners – CBS Radio, Grunion Gazette, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach Business Journal, Charter Communications, and Professional Business Services.