Since 2000, the Blackstone Valley Tourism
Council has presented Rhode Island's Chinese
Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival.
event consists of dragon boat races for
professional and amateur teams, along with
many cultural and artistic events, including
a Chinese dumpling eating contest, aimed at
adults and children. With the emphasis on
competition and fun, the event makes an
entertaining day for participants and the entire family.
The races began when the Council used wooden dragon
boats shipped from Hong Kong and gifted by local
businessman Louis Yip. In 2003, the Council received
the gift of six fiberglass dragon boats from the
government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) that
are now being used in the RI Dragon Boat and Taiwan
Day Festival. Today, a full boat crew consists of 20
paddlers, a drummer and a person at the helm.
Fiberglass boats are provided by the Tourism Council
and new practice procedures will provide
professional coaching for the first time.
Races are held on the Blackstone River off the
School Street pier in Pawtucket with the festival
running from 8 am - 5 pm. Join the thousands who
attend each year for great competition, fun, and to
learn about Chinese culture.