Tempe events this week – Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Author: Nancy

Posted on: March 18, 2013
Last updated on: May 21st, 2014 at 5:03 pm


Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Who would have thought that dragon boat racing, with its roots in southern China as an ancient folk ritual for the past 2,000 years, would find its way to a modern, man-made lake in the middle of the Arizona desert? Since emerging in modern times as an international sport event in Hong Kong in 1976, dragon boat racing has spread throughout the world. It found its way to Tempe Town Lake ten years ago and has been going strong ever since.

The 10th Annual  Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, March 23-24 will celebrate Asian culture in Tempe, Arizona with two days of dragon boat races, vendors, food booths and performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync; the drum represents the heart of the dragon.

Here’s a sample of the huge variety of events going on in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

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