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Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival

Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia's annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

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Date:
October 7, 2017

Overview

Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

The boats, festooned in brilliantly colored dragon heads and tails, are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers and compete against each other in several heats throughout the day.

A wide range of corporate, civic and community groups send teams to this regional event, and the teams set up a tented picnic area along the riverfront — making for a fun and festive atmosphere for paddlers and spectators alike. Pack a picnic and settle in for an afternoon of heated competition!

History

Dragon Boat racing is a tradition that dates back to 278 B.C., when the ancient Chinese poet and statesmen Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Milou River.

According to legend, local fishermen rushed out to rescue him, banging drums and splashing furiously with their paddles in hopes of deterring dragons and fish from eating his body.

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4 Boathouse Row
St. Joe's Boathouse
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 232-7689
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