Individuals and teams from Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding region will converge on Saturday, May 30, from 9am - 3pm at Wilmington's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park for the inaugural Racing on the Riverfront Dragon Boat Festival.

Dragon Boat Racing is great fun for anyone, young or old. This event will attract co-ed teams from corporations, public service groups, small businesses, high schools, colleges and universities. It is also anticipated that a handful of dragon boat "club" teams will travel to Wilmington for the weekend to participate from the surrounding region, most notably Philadelphia which is considered a hotbed of dragon boat activity in the U.S. There are now over 70 communities hosting Dragon Boat Festivals in the U.S. alone, and over 60 million participants worldwide.

Entering your own dragon boat team in the races is easy! Paddles, life vests, boats, and steerspersons will be provided as well as one training session in advance of the event. Each team just has to provide 20 paddlers; a minimum of eight must be female, and a drummer. On race day, each team will race in three heats on a 350m straight course down the Christina River.

"Dragon Boat Festivals have been popping up all over the country, and we are thrilled to finally bring this exciting event to Wilmington's Riverfront. Anyone - age, size, ability, and gender - can form a team to participate in this fun event that will be benefiting the Delaware Children's Museum," said Megan McGlinchey, Deputy Director of the RDC.

If you're interested in entering your own Dragon Boat team, visit www.racingontheriverfront.com for details, or contact High Five Dragon Boat at 813.426.3544.

We hope to see you on the Christina River.

Click here to view the Dragon Boat Festival Flyer.