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Dragon Boat Festival

Milwaukee is a City of Festivals . The Milwaukee Chinese Community Center is proud to present the second Milwaukee Dragonboat Festival and continue the tradition of ethnic and cultural festivals in Milwaukee. This unique festival offers an authentic Chinese experience and is to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Our mission is to showcase a variety of Chinese culture and traditions. Throughout the festival, there will be performances in traditional dance, Chinese folk music, and Martial Arts. There will be hands-on opportunities for the young and young-at-heart to make opera masks and lanterns, play traditional games, participate in a dragon parade, and even learning to speak and write Chinese.


Of course, what is a festival without food? Take in a beautiful summer day by the lake front, watch teams race in dragonboats, and enjoy the cultural performances and local Asian Cuisine.


The highlight of the festival will be the Dragon Boat Races - vibrant colored boats filled with men and women, working as one, racing to cross the finish line first. Not only will the visuals be pure excitement, but the sounds will be symphonic, as the oars power toward the finish, with the pounding drums and splashing water. If you have ever wondered what it is like to have twenty one people work in a team as one, and have the adrenaline rush and competitive spirit to reach the finish line or just experience paddling in a dragonboat, form a team, sign up now and join in the fun!! No experience or equipment required to race. This is the perfect place to build camaraderie among friends and fellow workers.

Admission to the festival is free.

2014 event schedule.

8:00am – 9:00am                 Team and Volunteer Registration                                                    Registration Tent

9:00am – 10:30am              First Round of Dragon Boat Racing                                                    Lagoon

10:30am – 11:30am            Opening Ceremony with Eye Dotting and Dragon Dance        Stage Area

11:30am – 12:15am            Performance Programs Featuring Traditional Folk Dance       Stage Area

12:00am – 1:30pm              Semi-Final Round of Dragon Boat Racing                                      Lagoon

12:30pm – 12:45pm            Dragon and Lion Dance                                                                        Stage Area

1:30pm – 2:15pm                 Entertainments (Aerobic Dance, Tai Chi and etc)                     Stage Area

2:00pm – 3:30pm                 Final Round of Dragon Boat Racing                                                  Lagoon

3:45pm – 4:15pm                 Awards Ceremony                                                                               Stage Area

3:45pm – 5:00pm                 Beer and Party

5:00pm                                     End of Event

Proceeds from the festival will benefit Ronald McDonald House.facebook2

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