History of the Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival is rich in pageantry and tradition as it dates back to 277 B.C. China during the Warring States period. A descendant from the royal family and a poet-scholar, Chu Yuan became prime minister only to be purged from his position due to his objection to the use of force and violence.
Banished to the countryside, Chu Yuan was grieved by the fact that he could no longer save his country from the turbulence into which it had fallen and threw himself into the Milo River of Hunan Province.
Upon hearing of Chu's action, villagers gathered onto their boats and rushed to the river in a united attempt to save
Chu. Alas, they were too late but the solidarity and cooperation of the villagers in a united cause is the tradition that is carried down to the present with annual Dragon Boat Festivals around the world.
Austin Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival has been an ongoing annual event in Austin since 1999. This is its sixth year in the running with growing participation and attendance. The Festival is held centrally on Town Lake.
This event is free to the public and will feature the following attractions:
· Dragon boat races
· Taiko drums
· Lion/Dragon dance
· Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiian dances
· Martial arts demonstrations
· A variety of games and Asian foods
Join the Races
Registration for the Dragon boat races is open to everyone. Training and boats will be provided by the Asian American Community Partnership and each participant will receive a Dragon Boat Festival 2004 T-shirt. Fees for registration are as follows:
· Individual (US $50)
· Team of 5 (US $30 per person)
· Team of 10 (US $30 per person)
· Team of 25 (US $25 per person)
· Full-time student (US $10 per person)
About the Organizer
The Dragon Boat Festival is organized by the Asian American Community Partnership
[AACP]. AACP is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides services and organizes events in the central Texas area.
The mission of AACP is to promote partnership in education, culture and social needs among the many groups in our community.
Direction to Festival Beach:
COMING FROM: NORTH AUSTIN 1) Take I - 35 South 2) Take Exit 233- toward
TOWN LAKE/RIVERSIDE DR.. 3) After you exit, move to the far Right lane. 4)
Stay straight on the access road and the Holiday Inn will be coming up on
your right) 5) You will see a sign that says "Town Lake-->"
that points to a road on the right. Take this road. 6) Follow this road
(slowly) as it curves to the left and you go under the bridge 7) Make an
immediate RIGHT TURN onto FESTIVAL BEACH RD.
COMING FROM: SOUTH AUSTIN 1. I-35 North 2. Take Exit 233B-C toward TOWN
LAKE/HOLLY ST. 4. Turn RIGHT onto FLORES ST. (0.05 miles) 5. Turn RIGHT
onto WALLER ST. (0.08 miles) 6. Turn LEFT onto FESTIVAL BEACH RD. (0.27
On Sunday, May 2nd the Asian American Community Partnership held the
6th Annual Dragon Boat Race and Festival at the Festival Beach on Town
Lake. Several hundred attendees were treated to the exotic sight of the
authentic 40-feet dragon boats racing on the Colorado off the IH-35
bridge. The Dragon Boat Race and Festival is the kick-off event for the
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration. The winners of the
Dragon Boat Race were
1st Place - Team Chinese Students Association at U.T. Austin
Place - Team LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority)
3rd Place - Team
Dell Computer/ASAAP (Austin Society of Asian American Professionals
Each dragon boat team consisted of 20 paddlers in addition to a steersman
and a drummer on board of each dragon boat.