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Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival

Join us to our 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival, which will be held at the harbor of Port Jefferson Village on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:30 a.m (rain or shine) and conclude at approximately 5:30 p.m. This event will include local and regional teams coming together to race against each other in a series of heats. Novice teams are provided with instruction and all of the necessary equipment to race.

The race consists of 4 dragon boats with 15-20 teams competing in a 200 meter race course. Each team is composed of 20 paddlers, one steers man and 1 drummer. Heats will run all day, culminating in an awards ceremony late afternoon. The High Five Dragon Boat Company will be providing the dragon boats. All race teams will have their own encampment along Harborfront Park as they queue up for their races. The opening ceremonies will feature ribbon cuttings and a blessing of the fleet, incorporating the traditional “Eye Dotting Ceremony” where local dignitaries dot the protruding eyes of the dragons carved on the boats to “awaken the beast.”

Aside from the races there will be a day long festival comprised of live music and dance, Asian vendors, children’s workshops and succulent foods from various Asian countries. Details will be posted as they are announced. Keep checking our website!

See more at: Port Jefferson Webpage

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