Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m.-4:30 pm
USF St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg FL

Dragon Boats in St Pete, FL

St. Pete brings international dragon boat racing to a 350-meter course in Bayboro Harbor, with 18 teams competing in St. Petersburg’s first race of this 2,000-year-old southern Chinese sport which originated on the Yangtze River. Dragon boats usually have beautifully handcrafted dragon heads on the bow of the boat with bright colors painted all the way to the dragons tails. Generally the crew consists of  22 people-20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, 1 drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers, and 1 sweep (a steerer) at the rear of the boat. There will also be an educational village set up in Poynter Park with paddle-elated seminars and demonstrations for kayaking and stand-up paddleboards in the water opposite the racing. Also, food vendors, beer garden and an awards ceremony with live music. The first qualifying races begin at 8:30 a.m., the educational village and vendors set up 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by awards ceremonies.

Day’s events

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Dragon Boat Racing in Bayboro Harbor at the Waterfront of the University of South Florida St Petersburg
9:30 am – 4 pm Kayaks, canoes and paddleboard demonstrations/activities will take place along sea wall of Poynter Park opposite to the dragon boat races
9:30 am – 4 pm Educational Village and merchandise vendors in Poynter Park (these pack up at 4:00 to allow the lawns to be clear for the awards ceremony/band/after party)
9:30 am – 4 pm Food and Refreshment open
11:00 am – 6:30 pm Beer and Wine Garden open
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Awards ceremony/band in Poynter Park for athletes as well as general public
6:30 pm After-party at Jonny Reno’s on The Pier