Dragon Behind

Remember when galley slaves rowed boats to cadences beaten on drums by huge, sweaty guys, instead of instructions barked by a Yale Bulldog with a bullhorn? Neither do we. Still, there’s nothing quite like a boat with a drummer, as you’ll see and hear at the eighth annual AZ Dragon Boat Festival, where crews of twenty volunteers (sans chains) propel long, canoe-like boats across five hundred yards of water.

Teams including the AZ Gila Monsters, the all-female AZ Diva Dragon Riders and the Henkel Fire Pearls will face off in corporate, college and masters divisions on the placid lake. The event also includes a vendor marketplace, Asian and Pacific-inspired entertainment, and activities for the kids. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Arizona.

Sat., March 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., March 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011


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