It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.
With a break in the heat, celebrating the Year of the Dog at the annual Dragon Boat Festival couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve attended this festival many times in the past and it’s usually one of the hottest weekends of the summer so imagine my delight when pizzas actually came from the food trucks, rather than the sidewalk. Billed as the largest of its kind in the nation — this festival has been a source of pride and cultural preservation for thousands of Asian-Americans across the Rocky Mountain region. With killer boatsmanship, entertainment galore and enough food trucks and vendors to choke a horse, this year’s version was bigger than ever, with an estimated 120,000 in attendance. Opening ceremonies included a dragon dance and the dotting of the eye ceremony (which I sadly missed).
Photo courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Dotting of the eye ceremony photo courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Facebook page
Along with cultural performances, the festival boasted tasty food, shopping, family activities, dragon boat races and other celebrations of Asian and Asian-American heritage and all around good fun for everyone.
I think these guys just might be hard-core judging by the Captain’s name
Does this particular heat seem as unfair to you as it did to me since the geese don’t get to race with oars? They did perform nicely, nonetheless.
Hey…not fair…where’s our oars?
Snagging the flag ~ we have a winner here
Attendees came in all sizes and shapes
There were many canine cheerleaders
Even the geese cheered
Meanwhile back at the lagoon, a bunch of kids went spinning in these bubble thingies
Racing in unison wins heats~this team was wicked fast and seem to beat everybody
Colorful and practical umbrellas kept sunny conditions at bay
For those not competing yet wanting to get out on the water, there was paddle boarding
People watching opportunities galore
All an all, it was a great two-day dragon adventure certainly worth telling others about. Tolkien would have been proud. How was your weekend?
Live, love, bark! 🐾