Results

View 2014 Results Here

2014 Champion: Uncle’s Attakapas Warriors

2nd Place: Iberia Crossfit

3rd Place: Mekong Dragons

Best Team Spirit: Katie’s Krewe

Best Tent Area: Krewe of Zulu Saints

Best Drummer: Nikki Chanh of Mekong Dragons

Participate

Tent Spots     Festival Map  Race Schedule

Participation will be limited this year to ensure a smooth, fun even for all. We are only selling 18 boats before 2/1/14, so  be sure to sign up today to get a spot.

 

Each team consists of at least 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 3 alternates. The entrance fee is $2,200 per team and includes a practice session with a professional dragon boat coach the week before the event,  and at least 2 races the day of the festival.  Find out more about participating in the festival here.

Get your boat today!

Each team will need to elect a team captain to act as the liaison with the Acadiana Dragon Boat Committee.

Captain’s responsibilities include:

  • having every member sign a waiver
  • ensuring that each team member is listed on the team roster
  • coordinating practice times for the team
  • making the planning committee aware of any medical issues
  • working with the Acadiana Dragon Boat Committee to forward relevant information to the team

The week of the festival, each team will have the opportunity to practice and prepare for the event with a professional Dragon Boat coach.  During the practice week, the captain has to communicate with all team members to make sure that they attend the practice and are prepared for the event.

A captain’s meeting will be held at 8:30AM, the day of the festival. The captain’s presence is required and will be provided with wristbands for all participants to wear.  Any information that the committee has to share with the teams will be directed to the team captain at this time. Captains are responsible for distributing the wrist bands and all information discussed at the captain meeting.

Sponsors

We have a variety of amazing sponsorship opportunities available for the second annual Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival. Click below to see the levels of sponsorship available and sign up today.

Become a Sponsor

Vendors

Interested in becoming a vendor or in joining the burger cookoff?

Click here for the vendor registration form. 

Have Questions?

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Vendor fee is $150 and each  vendor can keep all profits from sales.  Once the form above is complete, we will contact you with additional details. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

The Festival

April 5, 2014

Bouligny Plaza New Iberia, LA 

Races start at 9am

Food and drinks will be sold

 

The Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival is a New Iberia community event like no other!  Hundreds of participants compete in team races in authentic Hong Kong style dragon boats.  In addition to the unique racing experience in the Bayou Teche on the day of the event, each team will have predetermined practice sessions where all ages, skill levels and physiques perfect their rowing strokes and timing for the ultimate teamwork experience.  Having these sessions is not only great practice but is FUN and builds a healthy competitive drive for the day of the race. Each boat is led by a drummer, who keeps the rowing rhythm for the team.  The traditional Hong Kong drum sound guides each team and fills the air with the vibe and excitement that only the Dragon Boat Festival can provide.  This 2,300 year old Hong Kong tradition is guaranteed to bring about excitement, friendly competition and community spirit.

Participants and viewers will be able to enjoy the numerous races, music, food, beverages and other family friendly activities.  Whether participating in the race or simply viewing it and showing your support, there will be plenty of entertainment and excitement to keep you and your family busy.  Teams participating in the race can set up tents in Bouligny Plaza and along Fulton Street which will allow an area to prepare, rest and watch the other teams race throughout the day.  Vendors will also be set up in this area, allowing easy access to food, drinks and entertainment.  Teams will enter the boats at the PJ Allain Waterfront Development and paddle towards the bridge at Indest Street (by the Old Pelican’s) where the starting line will be located.  Once signaled, the 2 teams will race back down the Bayou towards the Bridge Street bridge.  The awards ceremony will be held in the Steamboat Pavilion following the completion of all the races.

History

The Past

The origin of Dragon Boat Racing dates back over 2000 years to the Chinese legend of Qu Yuan, a 4th-century statesman, poet, and advisor to the king.  Qu Yuan was exiled from the ancient state of Chu after his advice to the king was misinterpreted as an attempt to assume greater political power.  For his offense, Qu Yuan was banished to a remote area of Hunan Province in southern China.

The dishonor of being exiled was a heavy burden on Qu Yuan.  Under the weight of his sorrow, he threw himself into the torrents of the Milou River – but some local fishermen raced out onto the water to save the drowning Qu Yuan.  The fishermen wildly beat their drums and splashed the water with their paddles to prevent the water dragons and fish from eating Qu Yuan.

The modern Dragon Boat Race is based upon a traditional re-enactment of the race to save Qu Yuan.  Over the centuries, village fishing boats went out each year in a symbolic search, and began to take part in races that evolved into Dragon Boat Racing’s present form.

The Present

Today, Dragon Boat Racing is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world.  The World Championships of Dragon Boat Racing have been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976.  In 1991, the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) was formed in response to the explosive growth of the sport.  Based in Hong Kong, theIDBF boasts over 100 member organizations in more than 40 countries.  Since 1995, World Championship events have been awarded to Canada, China, New Zealand, England, Australia and the United States.  A Commission was developed to oversee the standardization of equipment, rules and regulations.

Within a relatively short period of time, backed by a strong sprint canoeing background, North America has emerged as an international Dragon Boat Racing powerhouse, shaking the foundations of a sport that has historically been dominated by Asian countries.

What’s most exciting is the growth of the sport at the grassroots level.  Dragon Boat Racing is great fun for anyone, young or old.  Participants of any level of fitness can quickly adapt to and develop a passion for this sport.  Although most international crews are either all male or female, national and regional events attract primarily mixed teams from corporations, public service groups, and clubs sponsored by small businesses and high schools.

Contact Us

Email:  info@acadianadragonboatfestival.com

Call: 352-2180 to reach our voicemail 

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