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August 8, 2012

The Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival Returns To Penn’s Landing, Saturday, August 11

The Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival returns to the Delaware River this Saturday, August 11. (Photo courtesy Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival)

With the London games in full swing, we’ve been keeping our eye out for competitions right here in Philadelphia.

Returning for a second year as part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, August 11 from noon-8 p.m.

Just like the Olympics, the festival will feature thrilling races and a celebration of international traditions.

The RiverStage at Penn’s Landing will transform into a hub of Southeast Asian culture, featuring Neary Chea Chor, a classical dance describing the beauty of Khmer (Cambodian) women and their elegant costumes. There will also be contemporary and non-traditional performances including Azi Fellas, Jasper Som, Sai Lua Far, among others.

The festival also will include authentic cuisine from KBHA Cambodian Temple, Sam’s Cambodian Kabobs, Cousin Sunny’s and many more.

In the spirit of competition, the festival brings the ancient sport of dragon boat racing to the modern world.

Don’t miss the excitement at the Penn’s Landing Marina as twenty teams compete in the corporate and community division races.

Keep an eye out for teams including Philadelphia Policy Team, Sea Robin and the Laos Association as last year’s first place winner, Man United, tries to defend their gold medal.

Admission to the festival is completely free!

Don’t forget that at the end of the day on August 11, you can cap off your summer festivities with our Moonlit Movie Screening in Rittenhouse Square. Details right here.

Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
When: Saturday, August 11, 12-8 p.m.
Where: RiverStage at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.southeastasiandragonboatfestival.org

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