Dragons on the Water

By: Lauren Tjaden

With so many events around the Sunshine State, it’s easy to understand why dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.

Dragon boat racing is steeped in culture and tradition and guarantees plenty of fun. The boats are dramatic affairs: long and skinny, decked out with Chinese dragon heads and tails. They’re packed with as many as 20 paddlers per boat, churning the waters to the beat of a drum as spectators cheer onshore.

It’s fun to watch, and it’s fun to compete, and the Sunshine State is sizzling with shiploads of these events.

Deerfield Beach: Just provide the people, and Synergy Dragon Boat Racing promises to provide the paddles, boat, drummer and steersperson. Check out the website or visit them on Facebook for updated event dates. soarteam.murphyslawfirm.net

Marathon: The fifth annual Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival roars into Marathon in The Florida Keys on May 11, 2013. In this race, you launch directly from the beach in true tropical style! battleinthebay.org

Orlando: Longing for some Mickey Mouse paddling fun? The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, sailing into Walt Disney World® Resort Oct. 20, 2012, has your name on it. gwndragonboat.com

Miami: Float over to the historic Miami Marine Stadium for the Miami International Dragon Boat Festival. Check the website for dates. miamidragon.com

Central Florida: Lake Dora is anything but placid when the 11th annual Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival sizzles into Tavares April 5-6, 2013. The event includes Chinese acrobats and a traditional Dragon/Lion Dance. cfdragonboat.org

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