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  • Chinese Cultural Dancing Performance - Fredericton
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On a beautiful sunny day in mid-September, 2005 the world-famous Dragon Boat races finally made it to Fredericton. About 15 teams of 20 volunteers each converged at the Small Craft Aquatic Centre on the banks of the broad Saint John River to hold the 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival in Fredericton. A series of heats was held between groups of three boats as they made short dashes between marked lanes set out in the river. We had a great view from a temporary grandstand as the bow drummer in each boat beat out a furious stroke-pace for the paddlers in their mad dash to the finish line! In addition to the boat races, the local Chinese Cultural Society performed various traditional dances and food stalls sold both Chinese food items and the more traditional hot dogs and sausages. All proceeds raised in support of the various crews as well as from the food sales were donated to the children's charity KidSport, which provides funds to needy families so their children can participate in sporting activities.

Address: Small Craft Aquatic Centre
Directions: South shore of the Saint John River, about mid-way between the downtown core and the Delta Hotel and historical Government House area.

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  • Updated Sep 27, 2005
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