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Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The 14th Annual Dragon Boat Festival and Races

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm

Festival Beach at Lady Bird Lake

Admission is FREE

The 14th Annual Dragon Boat Festival and Races are coming soon in Austin!  Watch these 40-foot long boats re-create a more than two thousand year old Chinese tradition on the water of Austin's beautiful Lady Bird Lake.  19 Teams from Samsung, Dell, HEB, Foster Quan Law Office, the Travis County Sheriff's Office, 3M, UT Student Clubs and many others, including out of town teams from Houston and Dallas will battle it out during a day of fun, excitement, and camaraderie.

In addition to the races, this family-friendly, multicultural event offers music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and a 'Kids Zone' with special activities for children. Traditional foods for the Festival will be available and part of the food sales will be donated to help prevent breast cancer.  

A wellness center will be setup to offer services and treatments of holistic approaches.  Vendor booths with unique gifts from the East are also available at the Festival.  Public education booths from the Austin Police, Fire Department, EMS and nonprofit organizations will distribute useful information to the attendees.

 Dragon Boat racing has grown from its origins in ancient China, and is now an international sport.  We are most delighted to announce that the Consul General of the People's Republic of China, the Honorable Madam Xu Erwen has accepted our invitation and will travel from Houston to officiate at our opening ceremony.   The ceremony will begin at around 10:15 a.m.  

This is the 'Year of the Water Dragon' and the festival promises to be our most exciting yet.  The Festival and Races are a project of the Asian American Community Partnership and the Asian American Cultural Center.  It is our mission to promote the sharing of cultures between East and West.  The Dragon Boat Festival is partially supported by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin.

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