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Dragon Boat Festival 2010

June 21, 2010
I have always been curious about Dragon Boat Festival, it always looked so fun and my partners have enthusiastically talked about forming a team for The Network Hub.  I am more hesitant because as fun as it appears, it also looks like it is hard work, really hard work!  I somehow don’t think there is a role for a sit down and let others paddle position on a Dragon Boat’s team.  I always imagined if I were on a boat, I would be fanned and fed grapes just like in the movies!  Day dreaming aside, I decided to take a walk down to see the Dragon Boat teams in action.

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival – June 18-20

The Dragon Boat Festival was formed in 1989 and it was “created to showcase Vancouver’s cultural diversity and to promote racial harmony among Canadians.”  When you come to the festival, you can’t help but see the reflection of Vancouver’s cultural diversity in the participants of the race, the food, entertainment, the display of arts and culture.

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 - Food Vendors

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 – Food Vendors

Set in Vancouver’s beautiful False Creek, it was a breathtakingly beautiful day to take in the dedication, commitment and passion of the teams. There is also something about passion and competition that just totally draws me in. I wasn’t sure how the race works but who cares, I saw the teams’ row with all their might, whatever they got they gave it to their team. Spectators lined False Creek cheering for their favourite team, between the horns, drums and the cheering… even if you just got there you can feel the intensity and you know right away it is a serious competition.

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 - Spectators

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 – Spectators

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 – False Creek

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 - False Creek

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 – Race started

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 - Dragon Boats at dock

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 – Dragon Boats at dock

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 - Dragon Boat teams

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2010 – Dragon Boat teams

Today is the last day for the Dragon Boat Festival so make sure you come on down with your family to enjoy the event! It will surely be a hit for Father’s Day activity… food, competition and outdoor!

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