Location: Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park and Centennial Park, along the east shoreline of the inner harbor-Port Jefferson Harbor.
The event will consist of 4 dragon boats with up to 24 teams competing in a 250 meter race course. Each team is made-up of 20 ‘paddlers’, one steersman and 1 drummer. Heats will run all day with a culmination of an awards ceremony late afternoon. ‘High Five’Dragon Boat Co. will be providing all the ‘dragon boats’ and orgainzing all the water portion of the festival!
All race teams will have their own ‘encampment’ all along the Harorfront Park as they are queuing up for their races!
The festival will have Asian performing arts, vendors and food. Entertainment to include: Kung Fu, a Lion Dance, Taiko Drum performances, children’s’ arts and crafts and cultural vendors.
There will be opening ceremonies with a traditional blessing of the ‘fleet’ by a Buddist monk that will incorporate of the ritual of the ‘Eye Dotting Ceremony’ to awaken the dragons