OACA Team Participated 11th Dragon Boat Festival
Apr 30th, 2016 was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine. The 11th annual Saint Martin's Dragon Boat Festival
was held at the Port of Olympia. This event is becoming very popular. The total of 51 teams
, broke the records this year, comprised of local and regional teams that joined the dragon boat racing.
Besides the boat racing, many multi-ethnic cultural performance were demonstrated on the stage too. The traditional Chinese Loin Dance, KungFu, and Taichi were presented by Olympia KungFu & TaiChi Club
and China TaiChi KungFu School
from Federal Way.
Many thanks to Olympia KungFu & TaiChi Club
for donating us donuts and fruits.
Festival Opening Ceremony
Drawing in Dragon's right eyes for waking up the dragons
Mayor of Olympia, Mayor of Lacey, and Mayor of Tumwater are ready to draw in the dragon's left eyes. Once both eyes are drawn in, the dragon will be alive.
Team photo (one paddler missing in this photo)
Team is ready to go on-board
Team is launching to the start line
Photos token from the tower. The red banner is our OACA's booth.
Group photo of Olympia KungFu & TaiChi Club and China TaiChi KungFu School
Loin Dance (two Olympia Chinese School students,
Matthew Huang (baby loin) and Erik Ma (yellow loin tail),
performed the loin dance)
Loins are going to play in the crowd
Hundreds of people came, watched, and took photos
TaiChi and Cudgel
Even though we did not enter the final competition, we still obtained souvenir medals.
We all had GREAT FUN!