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Special Hotel Rates Available

Special rate link

The Pawtucket Comfort Inn is offering special hotel rates for dragon boat teams. Please use the link below with the rate code: LDRAGO

The special room rate is $89 +
13% sales tax.

Cut-Off Date:  Saturday, August 30, 2014

Included with this rate is a complimentary full breakfast served daily from 6-10 a.m., a 10% voucher for team discount at Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, free wifi, indoor heated pool, and free parking.

To book the reservation contact the hotel directly at 401-723-6700 and ask for the Dragon boat Festival group block or click on the link below:

Special rate link

Annual Dumpling Eating Contest Returns

First prize is round trip air ticket from one of US Gateways (JFK/LAX/SEA/SFO) to Taipei - Taiwan More

2013 Race Results

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Videos below courtesy of Michael Girard

D-Division Final Race

Pawtucket's Narragansett Bay Insurance Company practices for Saturday's race

Visit the Ocean State Dragon Boat Club Meetup Group and Website

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Team registration deadline has been extended

"One of New England's Premiere Dragon Boat Races Celebrates
15 Years with $15,000"

Top Team Wins $10,000!
Top Team From Rhode Island Wins $5,000!

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Races and 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.  The 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 new practice procedures will provide professional coaching for the first time.

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.


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