lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US"> Free Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Denver – July 30-31, 2011 : Free Things to Do in Denver

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Free Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Denver – July 30-31, 2011

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival  on July 30, 2011 – July 31, 2011 is a free family-friendly festival highlighting Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage at Sloan’s Lake Park in northwest Denver. The 11th annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner, on Saturday and Sunday July 30-31. This year’s event will celebrate the country of Japan and the theme of “Gambare,” which means “to persevere.” The color red will be prominent throughout the festival as well as origami cranes, which symbolize, hope. There will also be a fundraiser to help contribute to the relief effort in Japan.

These exciting competitions celebrate the ancient Chinese tradition and athletic test of endurance and
teamwork. Teams from across the country will compete in either Taiwan-style (flag-catching) Divisions or
the international standard Hong Kong Style Divisions. Races begin at 8:00 am each day. In addition to the
event’s first international team from Toronto, the races will feature a team from Portland consisting of all
seniors over the age of 50. Perhaps the most senior competitor out there, the Golden Dragons’ paddler is
ninety four-year-old Al Bailey. He has paddled with the Golden Dragons since 2000.

A window to the Pan Asian world, this diverse festival is the only one of its kind in the United States. It showcases an array of traditional and contemporary performing arts, cultural customs, cuisine and a marketplace of unique and hard-to-find arts, crafts and vendors, in addition to two days of action packed dragon boat racing. You can read the program book here…. Or if you have a fast Internet connection, here’s the high-quality copy, but it’s a very large — 1.36 GB — file.)

Sloan’s Lake Park
4500 West 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212


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