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2013 Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival

Dragon Boats, Asian food, music, arts and crafts and more

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2013 Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival
Derrek Cleveland
Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival
Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman
8441 Nantz Road, Cornelius

Date: May 4, 2013

Admission: Free

From authentic food to Asian goods and groceries to cultural exhibits to martial arts and live music, the Charlotte Dragon Boat and Asian festival celebrates Asian culture, ethnicity, roots and history. A new Miss Asia Carolinas is selected annually as a part of the Miss Asia Pageant.

As for the dragon boat festival, heats begin in the morning and continue all day. But just what is a dragon boat? It's a boat similar to a canoe made from wood and fiberglass colorfully painted and decorated with a dragon's head on the front and a tail on the back. A drummer and steersperson accompany the paddlers (usually about 20) to motivate the crew and keep the boat on track. Over 30 teams registered for last year's race.

For more information, visit the festival's official site.

The Charlotte Asian Festival started in 2000 by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, and was held in Marshall Park. In later years, it would be moved to the Wachovia Atrium (now Wells Fargo). In 2006, the Asian Festival would eventually be combined with the new Dragon Boat Festival.

From music to sports to arts to culture, there are always plenty of festivals happening around town. Click here for a month by month calendar of festivals in Charlotte. Know of a festival we don't have listed? Let me know at charlotte@aboutguide.com.

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