— Gulf Coast Media (@gcntoday) June 3, 2015
The second annual Delta Dragon Boat Festival took place last weekend, July 31 through August 1, at Lake Ferguson in Greenville, Mississippi, and just like last year it was a big hit! Lots of locals came out to enjoy the festival and watch the race.
Dragon boat racing has a long history in Chinese culture, and the Delta Festival celebrates this tradition and its Western modernization as an athletic competition. There are 22 team members per boat, and the race requires cooperation and teamwork.
The festival started Friday evening with a Chinese Gala featuring Chinese cultural entertainment and food prepared by a local chef. Last year’s race winners, as well as the winners of the Children’s Pageant, were celebrated in the Dragon Parade, which took place first thing Saturday morning.
The bulk of the event took place Saturday, with booths set up for food vendors and free entertainment like face painting, while the race was going on. It was a great family event, and we hope it will be around next year! If you’re looking for more fun events to check out in the Greenville, MS area, feel free to stop by James Ceranti Nissan and we will give you the low down!