Friday, August 26, 2011

Updated: Dragon Boat Race & Festival 8/27/11

(Updated 8/26/11)

Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese tradition that’s is one of the fastest growing water sports in the United States and internationally. Dragon Boat festivals present a unique opportunity to blend athleticism, community building and cultural enrichment.

The Montgomey Dragon Boat Race and Festival is hosted by Rebuilding Together® Central Alabama and Bridge Builders® Alabama as a fund raiser for the two charities. The competing teams raise funds by pledging and soliciting donations before the race.

The festival will be held at Riverwalk Park on August 27, 2011.

Festival Activities Schedule
8:30 am Opening Ceremonies

9 am DJ Music
10 am Tai Chi Society Demo

10;15 Tiger Rock Taekwondo Demo

10:30 am Music by Zac Gentry Dance Party

10:55     Battle for the Iron Paddle (Alabama vs. Auburn)
1st Round Ends - 30 Minute lunch break
11:00     Tai Chi Society Demo #2

11:15     Team Awards - Celebrity Judges
Dragon Fire (Team Spirit)
Dragon Treasure (Top Fundraiser)
Dragon’s Lair (Team Tent)
Dragon Scales (Team Uniform/Shirt)
Dragon Alias (Team Name)
11:30    Shane Popes‘ Tiger Rock Taekwando Demo #2

11:30    2nd Round Semi-Final Races Begin

12:00    Music by Zac Gentry

1:30      Montgomery Fencing Club Demo

2:00      3rd Round Finals Races Begin

2:00      Kid’s Zumba & Hip Hop by Tonya Speed
3:00      Shane Popes‘ Tiger Rock Taekwando Demo #3

3:25      Grand Championship Race

3:30      Tai Chi Society Demo #3

3:45      Closing Ceremony
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Medals Awarded
GC Runners Up 
Grand Championship Trophy Award

4:00      After Party!
Music by The Signals

Admission is free and the public is invited to come and see fellow Montgomerians compete on the Alabama River.
The City's Coosa Street Parking Deck, Commerce St. Parking Lot and Intermodal Facility Parking Deck are reserved for paddlers and volunteer until 9 a.m. After 9:00 anyone is welcome to park in at those facilities.

Beginning at 8:30, the City of Montgomery will run shuttles to the park’s tunnel entrance on Commerce St. from the Crampton Bowl/Patterson field parking lots on Madison Ave. and from the Biscuits surface lots at N. Lawrence and Columbus St. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes are and are free to the public! Be prepared for a brief wait in the parking lots. Larger shuttles will run from the park entrance to the lots starting at 4 p.m.

There are two access point to the park:
1) through the tunnel at the end of Commerce St., and
2) from the top deck of the intermodal parking facility (next to the train shed and new Advertiser building). From the top deck, cross the foot bridge over the railroad tracks and take the elevator or stairs into the park. There is no longer access to Riverwalk Park across the railroad tracks at the end of Coosa St. 

There will be food vendors and plenty for children to do in the Children's Village (please note that children must be accompanied by an adult in the Children's Village.

Don't forget your sunblock! According to pictures from last year the splash pad was a great place for the kids to keep cool, so plan accordingly.

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