Sunday, June 19, 2011
2011 Ottawa Dragon Boats Festival (IMG00225)
Earlier today, K and I watched several dragon boats racing on the open water that is part of the Rideau River. There are over 200 teams competing in the largest dragon boats race in North America. There are also thousands of local and out-of-town spectators sitting on top of the adjacent hill, filling the beer tent in front of the stage, swimming in the river, or just lounging around on the beach.
Based on my observation, the avg age of the crowd must be abt 25. Most of them are in good shape, esp the woman athletes. However, I cannot say the same thing for male spectators in the 40+ category. Most have beer guts!!
Anyway, it's very relaxing just sitting around and enjoying the music on this Father's Day, when Ottawa is hosting a dragon boats race that is based on Chinese tradition and folklore.
* I used my BlackBerry to take this photo of the toboggan hill next to Mooney's Bay on June 19, 2011 at abt 15h17
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