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Team up for the 8th Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™!

It’s time to team up and paddle on the Red in the Annual Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™! Race day if May 5, 2018 in Downtown Alexandria. 

If you have been looking for a teambuilding activity for your business, you won’t find any other activity more impactful than Dragon Boat Racing. To be successful your team must work together and the synchronicity that happens when a group paddles together creates a winning team – both on and off the water!

What is Dragon Boat Racing? Dragon Boats are large wooden canoes and each team needs 21 folks: 20 paddlers and one drummer. At least 8 team members must be women. The drummer leads the pace of the group and wears the most elaborate costume! The course is set in the Red River in front of the amphitheater and each team gets practice the week before the race with a helmsman from 21 Dragons to get you ready for race day on Saturday, May 5. After the first race, teams are broken into 3 heats based on race times to compete for the winning slots in each heat.

But that isn’t the only way to win! Each group gets a tent area along the riverfront where they compete for spirit awards for enthusiasm, theme, decorations and costumes. The drummer from each team gets to compete in a style show too! The teams also enjoy banter about who cooked the best food. It’s a winning day all around with a lot of friendly competition and fun utilizing one of our best assets – the Red River! After a great day of racing, your team can enjoy the musical performances and art vendors at the surrounding festival, Riverfête.

The proceeds from the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ support the Alexandria Museum of Art, funding impactful programming for Veterans, K-12 students and teachers, families, teens and colleges students, as well as the general public. Our exhibitions tell untold stories, explore social issues, highlight important historical artists, encourage student artists, and highlight the variety of cultures that make up central Louisiana. Our collection gallery exhibition, Connected Visions, explores the relationships between artists and art professors in Louisiana over the past century.

We are grateful to our continuing Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ sponsors for 2018: Red River Bank, Walker Automotive, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Jena Choctaw Pines Casino, CLECO, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Boise Cascade, and the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Sign up today, and put your team at the center of the excitement! See you on the Red.


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