2009 Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival: Dockside opening ceremony

The races begin around 9AM but are officially opened by a ceremony at noon on the first day. A dance troop from Taiwan performed before the master of ceremonies introduced a series of speakers. Then there was a ribbon cutting and an eye dotting ceremony.

First Page of Photos: Teams and Teammates

Second Page of Photos: Lunch time at the festival grounds

Third Page of Photos: Races and boats in the water

Fourth Page of Photos: More races and boats in the water

Fifth Page of Photos: Festival Opening Ceremony

ro han men cultural troop

Members of the Kao Hsiung Ro Han Men Cultural Troop.

kao hsiung ro han men dance troop

More troop members, they performed the Sung-Jiang Battle Array.

robert mccartney, master of ceremony

Master of Ceremony, Robert McCartney, Washington Post metro section writer and editor.

jason yuan, representative of taiwan

Jason C Yuan, Representative, Taipe Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States. The office is a major sponsor of the Festival.

vincent gray, chairman of the dc council

Vincent Gray, chairman of the Washington DC City Council.

dc council members vincent graya evans

Washington DC city councilmen Vincent Gray and Jack Evans.

volnteers holding the ribbon before the ribbon cutting

These girls are festival volunteers. They are holding the ceremonial ribbon which was cut to officially open the festival.

eye dotting ceremonial accessories

The paint and brushes for the eye dotting ceremony.

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First Page of Photos: Teams and Teammates

Second Page of Photos: Lunch time at the festival grounds

Third Page of Photos: Races and boats in the water

Fourth Page of Photos: More races and boats in the water

Fifth Page of Photos: Festival Opening Ceremony


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