Festival Provide Great Competition and Fun
for the Whole Family
Since 2000, the Blackstone Valley Tourism
Council has presented Rhode Island's Chinese
Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival.
event consists of dragon boat races for
professional and amateur teams, along with
many cultural and artistic events, including
a Chinese dumpling eating contest, aimed at
adults and children. With the emphasis on
competition and fun, the event makes an
entertaining day for participants and the entire family.
The races began when the
Council used wooden dragon boats shipped from Hong
Kong and gifted by local businessman Louis Yip. In
2003, the Council received the gift of six
fiberglass dragon boats from the government of the
Republic of China (Taiwan) that are now being used in the RI
Dragon Boat and Taiwan Day Festival. Today, a full
boat crew consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a
person at the helm. Fiberglass boats are provided by
the Tourism Council and teams are allowed plenty of
time to practice over the 1000 foot, 3 lane wide course.
Races are held on the Blackstone River off the
School Street pier in Pawtucket with the festival
running from 8 am - 5 pm. Join the thousands who
attend each year for great competition, fun, and to
learn about Chinese culture.
Stay tuned for 2014
registration materials & info.