Colorado Dragon Boat Festival during 26-27 July
The Colorado Dragon Boat festival was organized during 26-27th July at the Sloan’s Lake, Denver. There were more than 50 teams competed in four divisions in 250 and 400 meter races across the water, and tens of thousands of spectators. As they watched, the dragon boat teams squared off two at a time, the drummer at the front of the boats, pounding a beat that marked time for the 18 paddlers, the coxswain out back steering with an oar and the flag-catcher stretched out across the dragon's head, ready to snag the pennant that marked the finish line. It was the 8th year of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a celebration of Asian Pacific culture and heritage and a renewal of one of the oldest competitions around. The event featured India as one of three Asian countries. India Association of Colorado has done a tremendous amount of work to prepare the India segments to take part in the festival.