2015 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 West 19th Street, Saturday June 27th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The 15th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015. In partnership with the Chicago Park District, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Office of 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, Chicago Marine Heritage Society and the Friends of the Chicago River, the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce will host this exciting event where over 10,000 people will watch and participate in the activities. Proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to support and promote local literacy, cultural, and diversity programs.
The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport amongst Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race is a family-fun activity enjoyed by the residents of Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The race is held at the beautiful and picturesque Chicago’s Ping Tom Memorial Park, with approximately 30 teams competing in this exciting and fast-paced boat tournament. The competition begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at around 5:00 p.m with the Awards Ceremony. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free for all. In addition to the boat tournament, this year’s event will feature other on-land spectacles such as live musical and dance performances, children’s activities, booth vendors and special guest appearances.