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Welcome to the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival, a non-profit multiple-cultural initiative!

The mission of the festival is to highlight Chinese and pan-Asian cultures in Pittsburgh, and to promote cultural understanding between the East and the West in a fun way.

The 2003 festival will feature dragon boat races with teams from around the country, Asian restaurants cooking their specialties, food from other Pittsburgh Sister Cities, Dragon and Lion Dance performers, Chinese opera, Tai Chi performers, martial arts demonstrations, artist drawings, children events, and much more. The detailed schedule of activities is now available.

This is the second annual Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival. Last year’s festival was attended by about 10,000 people on the North Shore to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Pittsburgh Wuhan China sister cities relationship. As a result of its success, we are coming back again to host this second annual event. Dragon Boat Racing is a 2,400-year-old traditional Chinese activity known for its color and excitement. The ornately carved and brightly painted dragon heads on the front and dragon tails at the back distinguish the 44 foot-long boat. A Dragon Boats seats 20 paddlers in 10 pairs, a steersperson and a drummer. No experience is required to paddle a dragon boat. You may be interested in reading more about the legend, history and current news of Dragon Boat…

You may paddle a dragon boat on the river. You may come to the park enjoying the festivities and experience the cultural diversities. You are warmly invited!