Dragon Boat Saturday is almost here! From boat practice at 8 a.m. through the opening ceremony of a dozen dragons parading down Ward Parkway to puppet shows and stage show, Chinese chess tournament and food, there will be something for everyone.
Kansas City’s Society for Friendship with China will host the celebration beginning with a children’s Dragon Parade along Ward Parkway from Wornall to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation stage at Nichols Parkway, to open the day of arts and crafts, dance and performance at street level while Dragon Boats race on the creek below. A Chinese chess tournament from 2 to 4 p.m. will precede a dinner featuring our guests from the Chinese Cultural Ministry in Xi’an and their puppeteers to be held at UMKC’s Attebury Student Success Center across the Rockhill Road parking lot from the Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m., with tickets for sale at the festival and at the door for $20 per adult and $10 for children 12 and younger.
Kansas City’s Sister City, Xi’an, will participate with a special treat: a troupe of Chinese puppeteers at the festival on Parks and Rec stage. These puppets are incorporated into a dramatic dance program. Other Chinese dance, music and martial arts will add to the program. Separate puppet shows also will be presented for patients in Children’s Mercy Hospital and for the Families Blessed with the World’s Children.
The heart of the event is the Dragon Boat Race on Brush Creek, a nod to the river dragons in Miyou River who took in the soul of the poet/statesman Xu Yuan, the event that founded the festival about 300 BCE. The race signifies the search for his human body by the fishermen in the nearby city. In the academic section UMKC will have three teams Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Delta Zeta sorority and the Enactus team. Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Art Institute, KU, K-State and Park University each will have one team in the race. The Kansas City Parks and Recreation team rowing team will be joined by Rotary Club 13 and Sun Marble, as well as teams traveling from Indonesia and Thailand, in bracketed competitions from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
You won’t want miss this event. Please join us at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza from Nichols Parkway to Wornall for a full day of fun.
MORE INFORMATION: www.chinagardensociety-kc.org