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Charlotte Dragon Boat Races and Asian Festival May 11

  • When: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10:00 am -  5:00 pm
  • Location: Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC
  • Cost: FREE

Looking for more? Head today to the Asian Festival & Dragon Boat Race. Explore the cultural heritage showcase, retail vendors, live music and dance performances, along with exciting dragon boat races. The CAACC joined forces with Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department in 1999 as co-organizers to bring the festival to introduce Asian culture and traditions to the greater Charlotte community, bringing an estimated 5,500 to 7,000 attendees annually.

7:30am Dragon Boat Team Registration Check-In

8:00am Captains Meeting at Marshalling area

8:15am Steerers Meeting at the Dragon Boats

8:15am Marshalling
Teams for the first two races report to the Marshalling area. Please listen to the announcer for your race number and team name as we may be running ahead of schedule.
8:24am Dragon Boat Race - 1st Heat

10:00am Opening of CAACC Tent

10:15am Parade of Nations
All performers are to join the parade. Group photoshoot to follow.
11:00am Festival Opening Ceremony
National Anthem Marissa Olarte Helbing, FACC Director
Welcome & Recognition of Guests Ann Gonzales, President, CAACC
Musical Interlude Opera Carolinas
Dotting the Eye of the Dragon Dr John Chen, Founder, Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival
Recognition Awards Dr Ki-Hyun Chun, Founder, CAACC & Asian Festival
Dr Nini Bautista, Co-Chairman, Asian Festival, Founder, “The Search”
Finale Musical Interlude
Opening of the Cultural Showcase
Passport Game
Opening of Vendor Booths and Food Stands
Dragon Boat Race—2nd Heat
11:30am Street Show
Kendo Demo Japanese Association
Muay Thai (Boxing Demo)
Korean Tae Kwan Do Demo

12:00pm "Search for the Best" of Asian Festival Performing Arts

1:00pm Cancer Survivors Tribute

1:30pm Dragon Boat Race—Finals

2:00pm Cultural Program

4:00pm Awards & Trophies "Search for the Best"

4:30pm Dragon Boat Race—Awards Ceremony

4:55pm Closing Remarks—Dr John Chen


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