Springfield Annual Dragon Boat Races & Festival
June 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Join the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and Springfield Dragon Rays as we host the 8th Annual Springfield Dragon Boat Festival at North Riverfront Park with more than 400 paddlers set to show off their skills during a series of races and other festivities held throughout the day. Our Asian-themed festival includes races by premier dragon boat club teams, entertainment, music, food and vendors, as well as a Rose Ceremony to commemorate those loved ones we have lost to cancer, and particularly breast cancer. Come for the racing, stay for the day.
Since dragon boat racing originated in China, many aspects of the festival will have an Asian flair.
Long and narrow, a dragon boat is 40 feet by 4 feet. It’s manned by paddlers, sitting two by two. A drummer, up front, keeps cadence and sets the pace. Standing at the back, a steersman, known as the “steer,” controls the direction of the boat with a single, large oar.
A dragon boat festival team is comprised of up to 24 paddlers who race against other teams in 200-meter races on the Connecticut River. Each race lasts about one minute and each team races at least three times on the day of the festival.
It’s a sport about which its participants are passionate!
Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
Located at North Riverfront Park
121 West Street
Springfield, MA 01104