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Dragon Boat Races

Watch 3,000 paddlers compete in Australia's largest dragon boat competition

Produced by the City of Sydney

The mythical dragon commands the wind, the mist and the rain, surging through the skies and the seas.

For more than 2,000 years, Dragon Boat racing has had a special place in Chinese culture, with 12-metre long boats battling it out to the pounding of drums. The first races were held to commemorate Qu Yuan, the great warrior poet, who drowned himself in a river as a protest against political corruption. Today, the race represents patriotism and group integrity.

Get up close to all the action on the 90 metre viewing pontoon and watch this heart-stopping competition, as the spectacular dragon boats race through the waters to the pounding of drums and the cheering of spectators.

Come and see a unique Taoist eye dotting ceremony and the blessing the waters to ensure a safe weekend of racing, and awakening of the dragons by dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat’s figurehead.

Meet St.George’s Happy Dragon who will also be cheering on the dragon boats over the weekend.

Brought to you by St.George. 

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When
Saturday 20 February 2016 from 8am to 5pm
Sunday 21 February 2016 from 9am to 3pm
Where
Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Cost
Free
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