11th Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival

Marco Polo World Foundation is proud to be the first to bring dragon boating to North Texas

Welcome to the 10th Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite, and Lantern Festival to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 (8.30 am - 6.00 pm) at the Las Colinas Urban Center on Lake Carolyn in Irving, TX, 75039.

You are cordially invited to become a pioneer of the growing sport of dragon boating in the DFW region.

As we are going into our ninthh year of the festival, most teams are novices at this growing sport.

We hope you will find the sport challenging and rewarding as many of our participants will attest to. Most importantly, please come join us and have fun!

Dragon Boating is one of the hottest growing water sports. Such events are already held with great success in Canada, northeast and western United States. Established events of Dragon Boating alone are currently attracting approximately 50,000 attendees.

One only needs to google 'dragon boat racing' to see the proliferation of this sport. We are very proud and honored to be designated the DFW Chapter of the professional dragonboat coach. Professional dragonboat coach are assisting us in the planning of the event and will be on hand to run the races at the festival.

By learning the sport, you will not only be launching a hot new sport in the region but you will also be participating in a 2000-year old tradition and experiencing Asian culture. You are making a difference by enhancing the international spirit of DFW. This is a part of the regional goal - to develop multi-cultural attractions and excitement to our area.

Dragon Boat Teams:
  • One team captain
  • Approximately 20-24 crewmembers (20 paddlers, one drummer, substitutes)
Crewmember roles
  • One drummer
  • 20 paddlers
  • Substitutes
Each dragon boat will be steered by a Steersperson from the professional dragonboat coach. Each dragon boat measures approximately 40 feet in length and 4 feet in width and carries 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersperson. The dragon boat weighs approximately 500 pounds. Dragon boating equipment, such as the boats, paddles, and lifejackets are supplied by the Marco Polo World Foundation.

The course will be 250 meters.

There will be a training and practice session the day before the race. Team practice times are assigned once the completed Team Registration Form and Waivers are received by the Festival Committee. For more information, click on the registration page.

If you like working as a team, you would enjoy the 250 meter sprint.

You must know how to swim!

You will need to sign a waiver form (on the registration page), if you are over 18 or older.

Please note that this is a water sport and participants could get wet. All participants must wear an approved life jacket supplied by the Festival while participating in the Boat Race.

Participants Under 18

Participants under 18 years of age must be approved by the Festival and be able to properly fit and wear the Festival approved life jacket while participating in the Boat Race. Minimum age to participate is 11 years at the date of the event. A parent or guardian must sign the waiver form located on the Registration page

Mixed Teams

For each dragon boat, there will be 20 people paddling and one drummer on the boat plus one steersperson which we provide. With respect to mixed teams, we require a minimum of 8 female paddlers and 8 male paddlers on the boat, the other four paddlers can be either male or female. The drummer does not count as a paddler.

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