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D.C. Dragon Boat Festival Floats On The Potomac

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Boats awaiting to be adorned for this weekend's Dragon Boat Festival.
Cathy Carter
Boats awaiting to be adorned for this weekend's Dragon Boat Festival.

By Cathy Carter

At Thompson's Boat Yard in Georgetown, workers are busy assembling floating docks for this weekend's Dragon Boat Festival. More than 50 teams will paddle the Potomac in a competition for trophies and bragging rights.

"The boats that you see out there are going to have big dragon heads and big dragon tails and these huge drums, which are going to help the paddlers stay in tune," says Race Director Chris Chang. "It's basically going to look like seven big dragons parading up and down the river."

Each boat has 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer.

Steven Lee is racing with the D.C. Dragons. He says teamwork is everything.

"There's no other sport that I know of where you have to get 20 people to do exactly the same thing at the same time," he says.

In addition to the races, the Dragon Boat festival will feature arts and crafts and music celebrating Chinese culture.


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