Sunday, June 19, 2011

2011 Ottawa Dragon Boats Festival (IMG00225)

Here I am sitting outside under the hot summer sun at Mooney's Bay, sipping ice-tea and waiting for the band Monkey Junk to come on stage.

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.

Photo credit:
* I used my BlackBerry to take this photo of the toboggan hill next to Mooney's Bay on June 19, 2011 at abt 15h17

20110619 15h20

Sent from BlackBerry


the inner space said...

Toronto central island 龍舟賽搬了去 Ottawa 麗都運河?

Anonymous said...

Oh JUST found that Toronto hosting the event on 25th and 26th 2011.


Haricot 微豆 said...

Space: Negative.

Haricot 微豆 said...

SBB: Ah, but the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is still the biggest in North America, with over 200 teams competing.

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