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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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Admission is FREE both days!!! Dragon Boat Races and Stand-Up Paddler Races are all day with performers on the landside and vendors of all kinds will be on the Festival site.
Parking is FREE. We will have volunteers on-site to help you find parking when you come up to the gate. See you there!
David Mandell, Executive Director, Texas Dragon Boat Association
Lindsey Sharpless, Miss Metroplex
Han Jiang, Miss Chinatown Talent 2013
Raiya Goodman, Miss Woodlands Teen
Stanton Welch AM, Houston Ballet
Robert Gallegos, Council Member, City of Houston, District I
The Honorable Li Qiangmin, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston
Shaolin Kung Fu Academy
Ron Trevino (KHOU, TV 11)
Hon. Jacquie Baly (Political Analyst for FOX 26, Former Councilmember of Sugar Land)
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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.
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.
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.
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American Shaolin Kung Fu is under the direction of Shaolin brothers First and Second Master Shi Yan Feng from the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China. They specialize in teaching Kung Fu, Tai Ci, Qi Gong Meditation, and San Da. With students as young as 4 years of age to 60 years old, both Masters have the passion and talent to train students from all walks of life. They have been a part of the Houston and Sugar Land community since 2008 performing at cultural festivals and local weddings.
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. With the help of Bernie Staples our repertoire was expanded to include polynesian islands and now we are also known as Polynesian Rhythms. Check us out at TropicalRhythms.webs.com
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Filipino artist, representing multiculturalism, use hip hop as a conduit to bring people together and engage the audience by making custom theme songs for each festival. He has been commissioned by The City of Houston to make a song embodying taking pride in the city. He has performed for over 80 different cultural festivals and civic celebrations. His goal is to unite the city of Houston though the promotion his “Pride of Place” concept and Do Better City Movement.
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.
Layaa Started teaching at the age of 12. The dance group has been dancing for six years now and we have performed in many places around Houston. We use our background in Indian classical dancing to express Bollywood in a unique way. Chreography - Layaa Raja
Tai Chi exercises for health and wellness that will strengthen the health and boost the immune system of body. It is a slow movement martial art designed to fit all of people, especial for seniors who are not able to do vibrant sports. USA TAI CHI ACADEMY is a non-profit organization promoting Tai Chi and Qi Gong for health. All of our instructors and administrators are volunteers without pay. We have seven locations that offer 9 Tai Chi classes in Houston and Sugarland. Member students can attend any or all classes, depending their skill level and qualification.
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This group will be demonstrating traditional Japanese Martial Arts as taught in The Bujinkan martial arts organization, which include Ninjutsu. The demonstration will also show martial arts from Japan’s Warring States Period. Items demonstrated will be unarmed combat, sword, war hammer, bojutsu, naginatajutsu, etc. No real weapons will be brought, only demonstration / non-sharpened items will be used.
Ends at 9am
Ends at 9am
The Poker run is not a race–it’s a fun paddle. 5 cards to be picked up along a 5K course. Each participant’s cards will be stapled together along with race number and put into a bowl. 5 cards will be drawn, lottery style. Those 5 poker hands will then compete for prize. Best poker hand wins!
We are in the process of building a permanent boat house for all our dragon boats in East End Houston, but we need your help!
Want to find out more about this event? Or have any other questions, please contact us!
901 North York Street
Houston, Texas 77003