to the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival, a non-profit cultural initiative that is
free to the public! The mission of the festival is to highlight
the Asian cultures in the Pittsburgh region, and to
promote intellectual understanding between the East and the West in
a fun way.
2011 marks the tenth anniversary of this growing event hosted by
Greater Pittsburgh Sister Cities Association, and supported by
Three Rivers Rowing Association, Pittburgh Chinese School, the
Organization of Chinese Americans, Three Rivers Families with Children
from China, Tzu Chi Pittsburgh Liaison Office and the Chinese Association
for Science and Technology-Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival features traditional Asian music, dance,
and food, plus arts and crafts for the children. Asian art, clothing, jewelry,
fans, and much more is available along the Dragon Stroll. Learn how to
use chop sticks, experience time-honored martial arts, demonstrations
of Chinese yo-yo, tai chi, and much more.
Visitors are also welcome to try their hand at Dragon Boating. Each
ornately-carved boat is 44 feet long and features brightly-painted
dragon heads and tails that loom ominously at the fore and aft of
each craft. A Dragon Boat seats 20 paddlers, a steersperson and a
drummer to sound the beat. This is a truly unique experience and one
that you may never again encounter.