15th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival

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200 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64112

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The 2019 15th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival begins as the boats enter the water and the Opening Ceremonies begin the event along Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza. Join us for a show of dancing, singing, lion dances, drumming, magicians, acrobatics, skits, and martial arts performances.

Arts and crafts activities and fun competitions take place at the Café Corner for the children and adults. Booths offer Chinese souvenirs, jewelry, Dragon Boat T-shirts, face painting, balloon figures and dragon parasols. Other booths offer calligraphy demonstrations, Festival programs, information about Chinese friendship organizations, and about the Kansas City Sister-City relationship with Xi’an and Yan’an, China. Food trucks add to the festivities.

At 8:00 the boats go into the water and the 12-14 rowing teams practice and prepare for the races. The sidewalk along Brush Creeks and the Sister Cities Bridge, decorated with Chinese Lanterns and banners provide good places to watch the races that begin at 10:00 and run until the first, second, and third place winners are determined for the collegiate and community divisions. After the races, the fun continues with additional presentations on stage by Chinese performers and local Kansas City students.

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