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Chicago Chinatown Dragonboat Race for Literacy

Don't miss one of Chicago's most exciting dragonboat races on Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Organized and Presented by The Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 West 19th Street Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host its 18th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy on June 23, 2018 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. The Chinese dragon boat race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport among Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend this annual event.

Thirty-two dragon boat race teams will compete on the south branch of the Chicago River in beautifully decorated dragon boats, each consisting of up to 20 members: 18 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 flag catcher. The 18 paddlers row to the beat of the drummer, while the flag catcher of each team pulls a flag positioned in the water at the finish line. Races begin at 8 am. The Opening Ceremony begins at 9 am.

"The winners of the 2017 Boat Race for Literacy were: 1st Place – United Sky Dragons, 2nd Place – Chicago Blades, and 3rd Place – HSBC Red Dragons."

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