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New races every 15-20 minutes! Cheer on the teams that are paddling their hearts out!
Enjoy the view of downtown Houston as the dragons fly across the water with the skyline behind them.
Plenty of space so bring your family and friends to watch the races and performances! Admission is free!!
Throughout the day, there will be perfomances from different groups from all around the city of Houston.
We will have plenty of vendors providing food and beverages to quench your appetite!
Entertainers from local groups will be performing during the Festival.
Be a part of the action
This sponsorship gives you several options on how you can be a key sponsor at the event - from a competing team to boat or title sponsorship.
A great team-building opportunity for up to 25 team members. Work together to make the 500-pound dragon boat glide across the water on race day!
This sponsorship is a great way to bring your community group together and spread the word about your organization.
Breast Cancer Survivors & Friends from all around the country are fierce competitors. These women (and men) know how to paddle!
Schools from all around the city have come together to show spectators that they can paddle in the 500-pound dragon boats! Don't underestimate their power!
Teams travel from across the country (and world) to compete. They may have traveled farther than the rest, but they are definitely ready for competition!
The Texas Dragon Boat Association invites you to take part in a fun, growing, and dynamic new organization. Come be a part and participate in our May Festival or our October Regatta.
Volunteers are the key to our success as a safe and fun event that continues to attract people year after year. Volunteering activities cover both land and water duties. Take a look at available roles and see how you can help.
Boat Helpers - Holding boats on docks and helping with loading and unloading of crews
Check-In - Helping to check-in teams for the race and confirm each crew member has proper waivers signed and knows the logistics for the day
Dock Helpers – Facilitating the loading and unloading of boats ushering crews safely onto docks and off of docks, checking for proper equipment and wristbands
Greeters - Pass out programs amongst the crowd and letting people know of current day schedule and activities. Greeters will be actively walking through the crowds
Information Booth - Handing out programs and answering questions at a central location. Marshalling - Getting teams in order and checking qualifications for upcoming races on land, prior to teams getting on docks.
Parking/Unloading/Loading - Marking sure that the pick-up and drop-off area is clear for loading and unloading. Duties only required in the morning and afternoon.
Performance Area - Making sure that the performers, emcee’s, and DJ are in place at the right times and have everything they need (e.g., water, announcements)
Snack/Beverage Set-Up - Setting up snacks and the drink tent
Snack/Beverage Hand-Out – Handing out snacks and drinks to paddlers and volunteers
Games - Helping to staff the inflatable games
Time Runners - In charge of running the scores between the finish line and the score board, giving the scores to the scorekeeper and announcer.
Boat Transportation - Paddling the boats from the loading point up to the festival site on the morning of the festival Trash Pick-Up - Keeping the grounds clean
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David Mandell, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TEXAS DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION
Brielle Wood, Miss Sugar Land OT
Madelyn Walter, Miss Pearland OT
David Bradley, UHD Vice President, Administration and Finance
Karla Cisneros, Council Member, City of Houston, District H
The Honorable Li Qiangmin, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston
The Texas Teo Chew Association: Unicorn Dragon and Lion Dance Team is a lion dance troupe based in the heart of Houston’s Chinatown. The team is composed of performers from all walks of life whose desire is to protect, promote and present the art of lion dancing and martial arts. Our members are trained in various style of martial arts that includes Bak Mei (White Eyebrow), Traditional and contemporary Long Fist, and Songshan Shaolin foundations. Our members have worked tirelessly to the study of lion dance history and its significance. Dragon dancing and Lion dancing is a tradition that symbolizes power and is believed to bring good luck, and prosperity to all. It is our hope that we bring you peace and happiness through our performances.
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Chinese yo-yo has been a popular game in China since Ming Dynasty. People play for exercise of mind and body. The performer, Zhong Gui Wang, has played it for more than 10 years and is very passionate about it.
Korean Farm Dance performance is a traditional dance from Korea to celebrate prosperity and life. This performance is demonstrated after harvest and many occasions in different villages in Korea. The performers of organization is made of mainly Korean senior association school students in Houston.
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The Filipino Young Professionals (FYP) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization aimed at promoting the Filipino culture through philanthropy, professional networking/mentorship and scholarship within the community. The FYP Cultural Performers come from diverse professional backgrounds who will be showcasing the Filipino culture through dance, song, and costumes. The current lineup includes dances that show case the rich cultural heritage and religious diversity of the different provinces of the Philippines.
Amira’s Oasis is a Middle Eastern dance troupe under the direction of Instructor and choreographer, Amira Tanya. Amira and her students perform modern/classical bellydance, and also perform a traditional folkloric dance, Saidi, from Egypt. Their love of Middle Eastern music/dance, along with their engaging, interactive performances, makes them a favorite with audiences.
Tropical Rhythms has been dancing the graceful art of hula in Festivals and cultural events in Houston, Texas since 2001 under the leadership of Neni Navarrete and Bessie Kirkman. Most of our repertoire is "hapa haole" - ... from the modern era of hula & music where the songs are fun and festive and are sung in English. We also include traditional Hawaiian dances and use implements such as pu'ili sticks, 'uli'ulis and ipus to give you a taste of old Hawaii. Check out at TropicalRhythms.webs.com
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USA Culture Sports Arts Association is engaged in the Chinese culture, sports , arts , international cultural studies in the United States , and the exchange of non-profit organizations. Many experts, scholars and professionals are extensive in fruitful fields.
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Dance of Asian America (DAA) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic and contemporary Chinese dance. DAA also provides local dancers with professional dance training in various dance styles and performance opportunities developing them into versatile dancers. DAA reaches over 35,000 people a year through educational and cultural performances. DAA presents and collaborates annually with nationally recognized and award winning artists from China thus bridging the gap between the East and the West through international exchange and cultural understanding. They will be performing four dances.
Admission is Free. Dragon Boat Races are all day with cultural performers on the landside and vendors of all kinds will be on the Festival site.
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1001 Commerce Street
Houston, Texas 77002