Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival

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Yes, we’re already mid-way through summer, but fret not: there are dozens of fun free events for the whole family to enjoy for the next five weeks or so. Saturday’s fourth annual Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival is among the well-developed slate of diverse cultural offerings PECO and the Delaware River Waterfront still has on deck this season.

The traditional Water Festival takes place annually on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the nation’s capital and largest city. Determined boaters and their legions of fans pour into Phnom Penh by the millions for three days each fall, continuing to honor and celebrate customs that date back to the height of the Khmer Empire. This one-day version, founded by the Cambodia-born, South Philly-raised Song Phou, has a clearly defined mission to enrich and encourage future leaders within Philly’s Asian communities, while enlightening other cultures about his people’s glorious heritage. The best part? The community-at-large gets in on the action too, with businesses, organizations, friends and neighbors forming teams that vy to be the fastest dragon boat on the Delaware; this year, there are 21 squads competing.

All on-the-water activity aside, savory Southeast Asian foods will be available all day, and a wide array of musicians, dancers and other performers will fill the Dragon Boat Fest’s entertainment bill. Float on over if you can. // K.A.

Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing Marina and Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St. seadbf.com
 

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WHEN
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/02/2014. .

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