Toronto Int'l dragon boat race festival kicks off

13:04, June 20, 2010      

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The 22nd Toronto dragon boat race festival kicked off on Saturday in the central island of downtown Toronto with the participation of more than 5,000 people from North America, Europe and Asia.

The festival promises a two-day fun-filled event that will showcase sports, team spirit and community spirit.

The festival, which started in 1989, entered the international arena in 1993. From the beginning of only 27 teams participating in the first festival back in 1989, it has evolved to a much bigger operation over the past two decades.

Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the festival in 2010 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with 5,000 athletes.

Paddlers of different backgrounds from all over the world will take part in the ancient Chinese tradition and friendly competition.

Once again this year, the Festival will welcome teams from all provinces across Canada, from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia.

In 2010, as the Festival celebrates its 22nd year, it promises to continue to be one of the most exciting summer events in Canada. It will juxtapose culture, water sport, exotic food with multi-cultural performances.

In 2009, attendance at the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival reached the 120,000 mark to make it one of the most popular summer festivals in Toronto.

Source: Xinhua

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