2014 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy


Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 West 19th Street, Saturday June 28th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The 14th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy took place on Saturday, June 28, 2014. In partnership with the Chicago Park District, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Office of the 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, Chicago Marine Heritage Society and the Friends of the Chicago River, 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.

THANK YOU to all of the amazing race teams, generous sponsors and partners, table vendors, food truck vendors, performers, our fabulous emcee Lakhi Siap and the many hard working volunteers that helped to make the 14th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy so successful! Thousands of visitors descended on beautiful Ping Tom Memorial Park on June 28th to watch 30 teams race along the Chicago River. Every team performed to their highest level, building excitement at every race. Ultimately, there were three teams that won the final heats: 1st Place went to Grainger, 2nd Place was Full Effort Full Victory and 3rd Place was Pepsi. Congratulations to these top three teams and to EVERY team for their great efforts! Please Visit our Photo Gallery!

Founded in 1983, the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of Chicago’s Chinatown. Its mission is to improve business opportunities and to educate others on the history, culture and diversity of the Chinese American community.

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