Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival, Irving

Today I attended the colourful and well organised Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival. This annual festival was initiated last year as part of the Asia Pacific Heritage Month celebrations. The month of May is celebrated as the Asia Pacific Heritage Month and in its observance there are numerous cultural and social activities taking place across the US. And Dallas being one of the locations where loads of Asians live, multiple festivals have been organised during this month.

The festival was held in a vast open space sited on the banks of Lake Carolyn in the city of Irving, close to the historic Mustangs of Las Colinas. I really wanted to participate in the Dragon Boat Race and tried to put together a team but then I was not successful and had to content myself to just visiting and enjoying the performances and views of the festival.

The Hawaiian dance

Like the Asian Festival of Dallas, the Dragon Boat Festival too featured numerous food stalls, entertainment shows, kite flying, lantern dances, there were booths selling Asian handicrafts, clothes, jewellery and among others. The sunny weather... bordering on hot and sultry... helped keeping the spirits high. The highlight of the festival however was the Dragon Boat Races, which sadly I missed.

Cultural performances included, Chinese Lion Dance, An Asian Fashion extravaganza titled Parade of the Nations, Indian dance, Tahitian and Hawaiian Hula Dance, Mahalika Philippine Bamboo Dance, Chinese cultural performance, Chinese Peacock Dance, Tai Chi and Kung Fu demonstrations among others. It was an afternoon of fun and food for the entire family. But for the blazing sun I'm sure people would have enjoyed the festival better and not confined themselves to the comoforting shade of the few tents.

I enjoyed each and every performance that I could get to see. The video and pictures in the post gives a sneak preview of the activities and performances of the festival. Hope you enjoy reading the blog and looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed visiting and being part of the festival.

Mustangs of Las Colinas

The Festival Champions, Irving Fire Department

Lake Carolyn

Colourful and large kites

Kung Fu Performance

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