The date for 10th annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival has been set for Sunday, May 21st, 2017.
The following are the event details, released by the host organization Marco Polo World Foundation.
10th annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival
Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM ~ 6:00PM
Where: Lake Carolyn, Irving, Texas at Las Colinas Urban Center
The following Youtube clip is from the 2013 event, so you can get an idea of what the event is like.
Asian Dragon Boats to Spice up the Summer in the DFW Metroplex
Marco Polo World Foundation (MPWF) today announces that the 10th Anniversary of the Annual
DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival will be held on Sunday May 21st, 2017 from 8:30 am to
6:00 pm in the Las Colinas Urban Center on Lake Carolyn in Irving, Texas.
As the host of the event, Marco Polo World Foundation was the first to bring the ancient practice of dragon boat racing to North Texas.
In past years, the festival has been attended by Consul Generals from China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Mexico, a US Congressman, members of the Texas House of Representatives and numerous Mayors there to celebrate and recognize Asian Pacific Heritage month each May.
We anticipate over 40 dragon boat racing teams which includes a team from China who first appearance last year and racing team from France as well. They provide a demonstration of the ancient and beautifully orchestrated dragon boat style of racing. There have also been participants from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Austin and Houston. Local teams of boy scouts, girl scouts, corporations, colleges, individuals, community organizations and city employee have also participated. Once again there will be the excitement of kite flying, the Best Drummer Costume Competition and an International Parade of Costumes.
In an effort to raise cancer awareness, we will also have a special Carnation Ceremony to celebrate cancer survivors.
The festival has become one of the largest recognized events focusing on multi-cultural traditions that are bountiful in the Southwest. Anticipating 20,000 visitors this year, the event has been expanded to include even more cultural performances and interactive activities including lantern riddles and carnival-type games. Moreover, the festival will feature spectacular kites and shuttlecock demonstrations and competition. Various cultural classes such as kite and Lantern making, Chinese Embroidery, Mandarin language lessons and counting with an abacus as well as many other exhibitions that are available free of charge. Visitors can also enjoy a gondola ride on beautiful Lake Carolyn if they wish. Mascots in panda costumes and more surprises will make the Festival fun for children and adults alike. Throughout the festival venue, guests can also taste ethnic cuisine and so much more.
“Admission to the event is free. This festival is family and kid-friendly,” said Ms. Diana Wang Madsen.
Visitors can ride DART system to Las Colinas Urban Center station and the APT Transit System offers free rides from the Las Colinas Urban Center Station to the event site and will provide free tours around the Las Colinas Urban Center.
Marco Polo world Foundation will give Appreciation Awards to sponsors, organizations and individuals who have been participating and supporting the MPWF with great generosity since the Inception of our Foundation, and a $2,000 MPWF scholarship will also be awarded.
ABOUT MARCO POLO WORLD FOUNDATION (MPWF)
The Marco Polo World Foundation is a public charity, not for profit 501 (c) (3), non-political, non- religious organization. Our mission is to promote intercultural understanding by sharing and celebrating International Culture with all people in the region and across America. We launched the Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival in 2007 in an effort to pursue this mission, and to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Marco Polo World Foundation provides four programs: (1) the Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival, (2) scholarships, (3) internships, and (4) an Asian Culture Seminar. Through these programs, we bring together individuals and organizations from different sectors of the community, and encourage local, regional and international interaction.
The MPWF scholarship is awarded to students who show a dedication to promoting intercultural understanding and serving the community through volunteerism. For more information about the scholarship and our other programs, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or our website at www.marcopoloworldfoundation.org.
We encourage individuals and organizations to donate or offer sponsorships to the foundation so that we can continue to provide family fun, education, wellness and other intercultural programs that benefit the community.
Interviews with the Chairperson and President, the Festival Chair and Co-Chair may be accepted by appointment up to the date of the festival. Media staff is always welcome.