William and Kate are doing it!  It’s not what you’re thinking.  They are just NEWLYWEDS! The Prince and his bride recently competed in a Dragon Boat race on Prince Edward Island!  (Prince William won!) If you don’t know what Dragon boat racing is, you’re really missing out on a spectacular event.

A dragon boat is a human paddled water craft traditionally made in the Pearl River delta region of southern China of teak wood to various designs and sizes. It is one of a family of traditional paddled long boats found throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. For competitive events, Dragon boats are generally rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails; while most are paddling there’s also drums.  Yes, drums!

With its roots in ancient China, Dragon boat racing has become huge in the U.S.! There are many Dragon Boat festivals across cities like Charleston, SC, Tempe, AZ, Tampa FL, Portland, OR, and Lake Parsippany, NJ!  That’s just scratching the U.S. competition calendar!

The history of dragon boats in competition reaches as far back as the same era as the original games of Olympia in ancient Greece. Both dragon boat racing and the ancient Olympiad included aspects of religious observances and community celebrations along with competition.

If you haven’t seen a competition, definitely put it on your things to do list!  The pageantry, the competition and with most of each festivals’ proceeds going to various charities, it’s not only fun to watch but an opportunity to give back to local communities. This is canoeing on steroids. Don’t miss it!



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