2008 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival: Festival, VIPs and Events

Whi,le the Dragon Boat Races are, of course, the main event there was plenty for the ardent fan or even the casual passerby. Throughout the day there were various events, and particularly at noon of the first day, the official ceremonial opening (well after the start of racing), with eye dotting, lion and dragon dance, welcoming statements by dignitaries, and lots of work by many dedicated volunteers.

the watergate building frames the loading area

The boat loading area seen from further up the waterfront, with the Watergate Building in the background. You can see the festival flags and the team tent area and where most of the race watchers were, visible in the blue tents. From this area also the announcer gave a real time account of the progress of the races.

interesting to watergate residents

The Festival is highly interesting to residents. Dragon Boat News staff met this couple who said they always come down when they see the Dragon Boat races from their Watergate condominium balcony. "We have come three times and you know, after this festival, the parks are really cleaned up, not like other event!"

lion dancers at the dragon boat festival

Lion Dancers, dragon dancers, and drum and cymbal rhythms were performed by the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute at the Festival opening ceremony for the 2008 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival, unfortunately postponed because of unsafe river conditions earlier.

dc dragon boat festival staff

Charlotte Shen, Jaqueline Yang and Bonnie Johnson were together at the press information tent just prior to the noon kickoff in festivities.

dc dragon boat festival volunteers joking around

Many of the young festival volunteers were also paddlers in their team boats. Here are some of the volunteers who helped with the dignitaries and ribbon cutting ceremony. Everyone had a great time!

bonnic johnson, mc of the 2008 washington dc dragon boat festival opening ceremoney

Look at Bonnie Johnson, doesn't she look great! She explained that she was wearing a traditional costume from an aboriginal people native to Taiwan. The red looks great on you! Bonnie Johnson works on the staff of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

taiwans ambassador expresses support

Ambassador Jaushieh Joseph Wu of Taiwan spoke for a few moments. He expressed the delight of Taiwan to support the overseas Chinese community and would continue to support it for many years. He rowed in a boat!

vincent gray and jack evans address the dc festival

Vincent Gray and Jack Evans address the DC Festival attendees.

practice stroke

Ambassador Wu cuts the ceremonial ribbon with the other digitaries.

awaiting the eye dotting ceremony 2008 DC festival

Before the eye dotting ceremony 2008 DC festival

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