The Northwestern State University Foundation is partnering with the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation to bring the first-ever dragon boat races to Natchitoches on Saturday, May 28. Races will take place on Cane River in a festival atmosphere that is free to spectators and will include vendors, bands and more.
Registration for teams to compete is open until May 25. Dragon boat teams consist of 20 paddlers, with a minimum of 8 females, and one drummer. The helmsman will be provided. There will be a practice session for each team during the week preceding the event.
“Dragon boat racing has never taken place on Cane River and we hope to provide an entertaining, novel event for the community,” said Vanner Erikson on behalf of the NSU Foundation.
To register as a team, visit northwesternalumni.com, scroll down the Events section and click on Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races. Viewers can watch video clips of other races and download a registration form. Sponsorships are also available.
Dragon boat racing originated in southern China with roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers and has in recent years emerged as an international sport.
For more information, visit the website listed above or call Erikson at (318) 357-4415.