Louisiana February 18, 2018
This Might Just Be The Most Unique Festival In All Of Louisiana
Louisiana is no stranger to festivals, that’s for sure. We’re known as the “Festival Capital of the World” for a reason — just about every weekend there’s a festival happening somewhere in the state. There’s one festival coming up that’s so unique, we guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it before. Let’s take a look at what makes the Acadiana Dragon Boat Races so special.
The Acadiana Dragon Boat Races is just around the corner, coming back for its 6th year of competitive fun.
This family-friendly event aims to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone while having some fun outdoors.
The festival kicks off on March 24th at 8 a.m.
In addition to the racing, there will also be a burger cook-off competition and kid’s zone filled with activities like face painting, fun jumps, games, and more.
So, what exactly are the dragon boat races?
This 2,300-year-old Hong Kong tradition is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.
The World Championships of Dragon Boat Racing has been held in Hong Kong since 1976, and the International Dragon Boat Federation was formed in 1991 in response to the overwhelming growth the sport has received.
On race day, teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer compete for 1st place. The team’s drummer plays the traditional Hong Kong drum sound which will guide each team. Teams are composed of families, friends, coworkers… just anyone looking to have a fun unique experience.
The teams will enter the boats at the PJ Allain Waterfront Development and then paddle to the starting line over at Indest Steet.
Once the race begins, the teams will race down Bayou Teche towards the Bridge Street bridge. Winners will be announced with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as a team spirit award, team tent decoration award, best team drummer award, and the new burger cook-off champion will all be announced at the closing ceremony.
The Burger Cook-Off will begin serving delicious burgers at 10:30 a.m., and there will also be a full-service bar, music, and other food options as well.
Come out and have some fun!
Take a look at this Youtube video of the races from 2015, uploaded by the Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival:
The festival takes place on March 24th at 8 a.m. at Bouligny Plaza in New Iberia.
Have you ever been? Let us know in the comments below!