Welcome to the Capital City Dragon Boat Race website!
The 2012 Capital City Dragon Boat race is rapidly approaching, but before setting sail, all Dragon Boat Races must ‘Awaken’ their dragons. The ceremony isn’t your typical ceremony in the sense that it is quiet and calm. The dragon’s eyes must be opened and all evil warded off!
On Saturday, September 1, the Awakening the Dragon ceremony for CCDBR will take place at dusk (8p). Spectators for the ceremony will be the first to see the boats, painted in immaculate detail. The ceremony, in respect to Chinese custom, will open the dragon’s eyes, ward off evil spirits and prepare the Grand River for competition. The ceremony not only blesses and cleanses the area for competition, but also the spectators and competitors.
On Sunday September 2, 2012 participants and spectators will enjoy a fun filled day of dragon boat racing and entertaining cultural activities at East Lou Adado Park. This race begins at 8:30 a.m. and will run throughout the afternoon until all brackets are complete.
We are pleased to announce our expanded partnership with both the Greater Lansing Sports Authority and Team Lansing Foundation. But we will still have our good friends from last year on board! The Lansing Rowing Club will return as our community share partner and Mid-MEAC will participate in a more targeted role, providing important education about our wonderful river. We look forward to working together with these awesome organizations to bring you an amazing race!
Proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to Team Lansing Foundation and will benefit the recreational development of the riverfront from Michigan Avenue to Saginaw Street, increasing access and usability for residents and visitors.
Don’t forget the Michigan Mosaic Music Festival which will take place the same weekend, just across the river in West Adado Park. Two great events = one great Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Lansing!
The 2011 Capital City Dragon Boat race was a big success! Hundreds of competitors gathered in East Adado Park to welcome the dragons and then raced down the Grand River. We had amazing teams and thousands of spectators and volunteers. We were honored by the support from the Greater Lansing community and we’re looking forward to this years race. To view Lansing Public Media Center’s City TV On-Demand showing of the 2011 Capital City Dragon Boat Race CLICK HERE.