2007 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Photos: at Sloan Lake, July 28-29

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The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

New festival features, including Explore Asia and the Cultural Unity stage, attracted throngs of newcomers and veteran festival-goers

A perfect weekend for Dragon Boat Racing!

The 7th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival drew record crowds estimated at over 90,000 last weekend to Sloan's Lake in Denver. Fifty-five race teams competed in the dragon boat races, with the Maestas Tae-Kwon Do Dungeonless Dragons defeating the Coors Dragon Slayers to win the inaugural Competitive Division series.

hmong traditional dress at festival
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Members of Denver's Hmong community welcomed visitors to the “Explore Asia” area of the 2007 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, where the Hmong, Filipino and Mongolian communities were spotlighted. The festival drew 90,000 people with its combination of Asian Pacific American culture and the competition of Dragon Boat races.

lion dancers perform in denver
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Lion dancers from the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Academy in Boulder open the Asian Marketplace to officially kick off the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival on July 28, 2007 at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver.

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Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

The colorful Dragon Dance is the culmination of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Welcome Ceremony.

Japanese taiko drum group

Members of Mirai Daiko, a Japanese taiko drum group, on the Performing Arts Stage during the 2007 CDBF.

dragon boat race flag catcher
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

The thrill of victory as a flag catcher marks the finish line.

food vendor at the Denver, Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

A food vendor at the 2007 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival serves up a taste of Asia. The festival drew 90,000 people with its combination of Asian Pacific American culture and Dragon Boat race competition.

flag catcher reaches for the finish line
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

A flag catcher for a Dragon Boat race team reaches out at the finish line.

flag catcher in dragon boat
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Another view of the flag catcher in a Denver race.

adult teams at Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Fifty-five teams competed in adult and youth divisions at the 2007 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.

The thrill of victory
Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

The thrill of victory goes to the team that pulls out the flag first.

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Photo: Kit Williams/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat prows.

Denver Taiko drum group
Photo: Ryden & Associates

Aiko Tagawa-Kimura performs with the Denver Taiko drum group at the 7th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan's Lake Park. The group was among dozens of performers who appeared on the SCFD Tier III Performing Arts Stage and the new Explore Asia stage during the two-day festival.

Learn more at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival website.


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