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The Acadiana Dragon Boat Races

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Experience authentic dragon boats racing down Bayou Teche. Boats are powered to the finish line by 20 paddlers while one drummer keeps the beat. Burger cookoff, vendors, live music and family-friendly activities.

March 25, 2017
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Bouligny Plaza
102 West Main Street
New Iberia 70560
(337) 352-2180

Admission: Viewing free. Participants register on website.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Opening Ceremonies begin at 8AM and the first race begins shortly thereafter.
The Burger Cook-Off vendors will begin serving at 10:30AM to feed our hungry participants and spectators.
A full service bar, including beer, mixed drinks, water and soft drinks will be available for participants and spectators to purchase.
The closing ceremony will follow the final race and will include awards for:
The overall Race Champions
1st, 2nd and 3rd Places
The Best of the Rest Champions
1st, 2nd and 3rd places
The best Team Spirit award
The best Team Tent Decorations award
The best Team Drummer Award
The Burger Cook-Off Champion
And new awards to be announced for 2017!!

The Acadiana Dragon Boat Races (previously The Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival), in its 5th year, is a family fun and team oriented festival aimed to bring out the competitive kid in everyone.  From the costumes, the chants, the races, the dance offs and of course, the incredible South Louisiana food, the Acadiana Dragon Boat Races has something for everyone.  In addition to the competitive racing, our Races also includes The Burger Cook-Off Competition and the Kid’s Zone, filled with games, face painting, food and tons of fun jumps.

On race day, teams composed of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and alternates will compete for the 3rd Acadiana Dragon Boat Title in authentic Hong Kong style Dragon Boats. The entrance fee is $2,200 per team and includes a practice session with a professional dragon boat coach the week before the event, and at least 2 races the day of the races. The team’s drummer provides the traditional Hong Kong drum sound which guides each team and fills the air with the vibe and excitement that only the Dragon Boat Races can provide. This 2,300 year old Hong Kong tradition is guaranteed to bring about excitement, friendly competition and community spirit. Teams are composed of families, friends, coworkers and local organizations, none of which are professional rowers, just individuals wanting to have a one-of-a-kind experience. 
Participants and viewers will be able to enjoy the numerous races, music, food, beverages and other family friendly activities. Whether participating in the race or simply viewing it and showing your support, there will be plenty of entertainment and excitement to keep you and your family busy. Teams participating in the race can set up tents in Bouligny Plaza and along Fulton Street which will allow an area to prepare, rest and watch the other teams race throughout the day. Vendors will also be set up in this area, allowing easy access to food, drinks and entertainment. Teams will enter the boats at the PJ Allain Waterfront Development and paddle towards the bridge at Indest Street (by the Old Pelican’s) where the starting line will be located. Once signaled, the 2 teams will race back down the Bayou towards the Bridge Street bridge. The awards ceremony will be held in the Steamboat Pavilion following the completion of all the races.

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