This year, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is being held on August 17, 18 and 19th. It started in 1995 as a single day event with 20 paddling teams, held after the sport was introduced to the city during the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. The event has since transformed into a wildly successful three day, two night festival, bringing together 90 teams, 2,400 paddlers, and 80,000 spectators, hosting one of the only dragon boat races courses in North America to take place in a working harbour.
2012 is also the year of the water dragon in the Chinese calendar, a rare event that only occurs every 60 years. Dragons symbolize power and growth and are a prominent theme of the festival.
Check out Dragon Boat Festival website for more information on this fun spectator event.