200+ TEAMS COMPETITING
MEDIA INVITED- CHASE BOATS AVAILABLE- MEDIA PLEASE CHECK INTO THE PRESS TENT NEXT TO THE BOATHOUSE TO PICK-UP PRESS CREDENTIAL & SCHEDULE. RACES ARE RUN RAIN OR SHINE.
**SEVERAL HIGHLIGHTS- FIRST EVER- WE HAVE A REGULAR WOMEN’S DIVISION RACE, BLUES GREAT BRUCE KATZ PERFORMS ON THE MAIN STAGE, MAINE’S, COUSINS LOBSTER TRUCK SERVES TASTY MAINE LOBSTER IN THE INT. FOOD COURT, FOUR OUT OF TOWN TEAMS ARE COMPETING, INCLUDING THREE VERY COMPETITIVE TEAMS FROM BOSTON TO COMPETE AGAINST NEW YORK’S BEST. AND FINALLY HKDBF NY REPS RiNG THE CLOSING BELL OF NYSE THIS AFTERNOON FRIDAY 8/2!
HKDBF-NY, an international, multi-cultural celebration and sporting event, the largest multicultural Festival in New York and the largest festival of its kind in the U.S. HKDBF-NY keeps up the age old tradition of Dragon Boat Racing in colorful, custom made teak boats, which are virtual works of art gliding on water. Custom made by a small coterie of craftsmen in Hong Kong, weighing one ton each, colorfully painted with a Dragon head at the front and Dragon tail at the rear, the boats are piloted by up to 20 crewmen, including 18 paddlers, a drummer and steers person. For twenty-eight successful years HKDBF-NY has attracted a diverse, multi-cultural audience of more than 40,000 attendees throughout North America. With a record number of teams participating 200+ well-trained teams, involving more than 2,500 participants competing from across the U.S. and Canada, this year’s festival is expected to be notable in its scale and fierce competition.
This year for the first time we have a Regular Woman’s Division Race, Other festival events consist of the NYC Regular Open, corporate youth, charity race, Non-Profit Organization’s Invitational and Sponsors challenge, a photo contest as well as presentations on the Main Stage of traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, musical and other diverse performances and demonstrations of folk arts and crafts.
Blues great Bruce Katz & his Band Joins us on Sunday @1pm, Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us again for both days. An International food court, this year featuring 3 food trucks including Cousins Lobster Truck from Maine joining us on Saturday only and booths staffed by sponsors of the event, many of whom will be giving away promotional items, and many community-based organizations participating help make for a unique, action packed, multi-cultural, New York weekend.
The tradition of Dragon Boat Racing is an annual Chinese rite commemorating the idealistic poet and performer Qu Yuan who drowned himself in the third century B.C. to protest against his emperor’s policies. The locals raced in their boats in an attempt to rescue the poet. To prevent fish and water dragons from eating his body, the locals beat their drums and splashed their paddles. This was the beginning of Dragon Boat Racing.
Admission to the HKDBF-NY is Free, Events take place Rain or Shine – Festival attendees Please take the MTA or shuttle bus with your MetroCard or use correct change. Again this year we’ve worked with the MTA to insure easy and safe transportation to the Festival site. Festival attendees take the #7 Train to the CitiField stop and transfer from there to special MTA shuttle buses that will take them directly to the Festival site.
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