The ‘2012 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival’ in Pictures (and 2011)

Posted: August 2, 2012 in Events, Long Beach
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The Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival happened at Marine Stadium this past weekend. A Dragon Boat is a long canoe-like boat powered by paddlers, controlled by a sweep, and commanded by a drummer. Originating in China, Dragon Boats are now competitively raced around the world, with Long Beach being one of the greater races thanks to Marine Stadium’s design.

This year, the races caught the attention of the media:

In addition to the races, other forms of entertainment kept the spectators occupied between races:

Over 100 teams entered this year, as they set up their stations along the shore overlooking the stadium:

Watching a dragon boat in motion is magical. There is something about hearing the drummer and paddlers working in unity that really gets your heart pounding, similar to being at a NASCAR race.

When a race actually starts, all you can hear is the drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing who the teams are!

Need some more pictures? Here are more from the 2011 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival:

For all fans of racing sports, a dragon boat race cannot be missed. The next opportunity to view a race is at the Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival on August 18th. Like Long Beach, this will also be free to spectate, so bring your friends & family out to this race!

  1. […] races at Legg Lake Park – free parking and admission to spectate! If you missed the Long Beach Dragonboat Festival, you do not want to miss […]

  2. […] place yesterday at Legg Lake Park in Whittier/South El Monte. For those who may have missed the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival last month, this iteration will seem familiar, if not in the same format. In addition to the races, […]

  3. […] Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free – for a recap, please see my post from last year’s races. […]

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