When it comes to enjoying activities on the water, there’s always something to do! Miami welcomes its newest addition to its boating industry with Enter the Dragon, the celebration kicking off the 2015 Miami International Dragon Boat Festival being held November 8, 2015. This pre-festival party will take place the night prior to the festival, designed like a boat yard in celebration of the new remodeling efforts of Haulover Park and Boat Marina. Hosts and Hostesses will dress like Chinese boaters in colorful, cultural regalia. There will be different boat docks where food, drinks and other desserts will be displayed, based on the type of cuisine being offered. Vendors will be able to sell items and advertise their products in the “dragon” wing.
A kids section will also be present, with face painting, balloon drops and other activities will be going on. There will be a variety of performances and appearances at the venue. Health and fitness workshops will be conducted, as well as cooking demonstrations of authentic international cuisine. Every team will have a chance to appear with their cheerleaders for a mini-pep rally. Past teams who have participated in the festival include the Kardashian family and other notables.
Musical performances will take place by local and national artists, and live multicultural entertainment will take center stage, with the Chinese Lion Dance and Kung Fu demonstrations. Mini-belly dancing classes are sure to be a hit.
Sponsors of this year’s festival include Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Parks, Miami-Dade County Marina, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, TECO in Miami, BENQ, State Farm Insurance, Gilead, Ocho-Rios, AARP, Eva Air and other corporate entities.
Tickets for this event will go on sale October 1 and will be available through Ticketmaster, or the marina.
The SFDBF is the South Florida Dragon Boat Festival, which is a one-day Asian cultural festival that brings the entire South Florida community together for a cultural experience that promotes harmony and understanding among people of all ages, diverse ethnicities and backgrounds.
The United Chinese Association of Florida (UCAF) presents this Dragon Boat Race every year. Their mission is to enhance the harmony of the diverse Florida society through the sponsorship of social, cultural and educational activities. Membership for the United Chinese Association of Florida is open to everybody and every ethnicity, welcoming all who are interested to share and help build a better community in Florida.