The Acadiana Dragon Boat Races
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
102 West Main Street
New Iberia 70560
Admission: Viewing free. Participants register on website.
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.
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.