Dragon Boats
Dragon Boats
05
Feb
06
Feb
Past Event

Dragon Boats


When

8am - 5pm
Sat 5 Feb & Sun 6 Feb

Where

Cockle Bay
Darling Harbour

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Price

FREE

Map, showing Dragon Boats

Witness two thrilling days of dragon boat races on Cockle Bay to celebrate Lunar New Year.

To mark the Lunar New Year, more than 3,000 paddlers will churn the water as spectators line Cockle Bay Wharf to watch the 12m long dragon boats battle it out. Originating in the rivers of Southern China as a way to bring prosperous rains, today’s dragon boat racing has evolved into a fast-paced water sport. Feel your heart race in time with the on-board drummers as the fiercely decorated dragons slice through the water.

In advance of the racing action, Taoist monks perform a blessing of the waters and and a unique eye dotting ceremony from 8.30am on Saturday 5 February. Dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat is said to awaken the dragons.

LUNAR NEW YEAR

CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE TIGER

Head to Darling Harbour for an Asia-inspired extravaganza, featuring countless events including fireworks, a block party, mahjong, outdoor movies, lion dancing, dance battles, workshops and more!

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