May 15, 2009

Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival Sat, May 16th!

From the Pitt Dragon Boat Festival website:

The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival features traditional Asian music, dance, and food, plus arts and crafts for the children. Asian art, clothing, jewelry, fans, and much more is available along the Dragon Stroll. Learn how to use chop sticks, experience time-honored martial arts, demonstrations of Chinese yo-yo, tai chi, and much more.

Visitors are also welcome to try their hand at Dragon Boating. Each ornately-carved boat is 44 feet long and features brightly-painted dragon heads and tails that loom ominously at the fore and aft of each craft. A Dragon Boat seats 20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer to sound the beat. This is a truly unique experience and one that you may never again encounter.
The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event that takes place right downtown that's fun for all ages. Best of all, it's a FREE event so how can you say no to going?? I can't speak from personal experience, but looking at the pictures from 2008's event looks like there's so much to learn about a different culture while experiencing it without leaving the city!

This takes place tomorrow, May 16th from 11:00am to 7:00pm at the South Side Riverfront Park.

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