Dragon Boat Festival

Heather Bissonnette reports from the waterfront for the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival 2008. It’s the 20th anniversary of this annual event, which is held at Creekside Park and Concord Pacific Place. Anita Webster, Communications Manager of the Dragon Boat Festival, describes how the day couldn’t be better with record crowds and perfect weather; just slightly overcast, ideal conditions for the paddlers. 173 teams registered this year, each team being composed of about 27 people, which makes a grand total of approximately 4600 paddlers alone. With a new race every 12 minutes, a lot of work goes into keeping this event rolling on schedule. 

Crowds of racers warm up by swiveling their hips in groups across the lawn, a sight to behold as young and old boogie to the tune of warming up to win. “We like to think of ourselves as really encouraging a healthy and sustainable community for Vancouver, for the downtown Vancouver…and are very excited to present that…It’s an invite to join us,” says Anita. 

“This is good BC stuff,” says one of the racers to Heather, and with the variety of racers and their different motivations for being out there, its obvious its not just them but the multitudes of crowds out to watch who agree that this is good BC stuff. 

For more information, visit www.dragonboatbc.ca

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