|April 27, 2009, Houston, Texas – Beautiful costumes, cultural music, and ancient art of dragon boating are all part of this year’s 9th Annual Houston Dragon Boat Festival in Fluor Corp., 1 Fluor Daniel Drive (Key Map 568T) on Saturday, May 2, 2009. |
Following the opening ceremony, the colorful Lion Dance will be performed by Lee's Golden Lion Dance Troupe. The troupe performs southern (Hoc San) and northern (Peking) lion dancing, dragon dancing, and ball walking/acrobatics. They also specialize in unique multi-drum exhibitions that combine and interpret the exciting rhythms of Fatt San, Hoc San and northern lion dance music.
At 9am, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daido (RMD Group of Texas) will perform “Eisa,” an Okinawan traditional drumming dance. It is a dynamic blend of traditional Eisa and Karate forms with contemporary influences incorporating both traditional folk music and modern rock music
Manutahi Texas will start at 11am. This local group is based in Humble, Texas and performs Tahitian style hula versus Hawaiian hula. Manutahi perpetuates the richness of the Polynesian culture through dance, music and arts.
At noon, enjoy the excitement of Kaminari Taiko drummers as the rich sound of their drumming rumbles in the heart of downtown Houston.
At 2pm, the Amirat Belly Dancer will be performing to end the cultural performance for the festival. The sensual and free-spirited dance style makes the Amirat Belly dance a favorite for parties and events all over the world!
After lunch break, the Pink Phurree, Houston's local Breast Cancer Survivor team, will host a pink rubber duck regatta fundraiser. “The pink rubber duck regatta is our way of providing a boat of our own for Pink Phurree,” said Frances Arzú, team captain and race organizer. “The Texas Dragon Boat Association has been kind enough to lend us their boats since our team began racing in 2005. Now we want to have our own pink boat to show our spirit and help others realize that having breast cancer does not signal the end of life. For many of us, it’s a wake-up call that causes us to live life more fully.” There will be fantastic prizes for the winners of the duck race.
Be sure to join us for food, fun and fierce competition with over 30 dragon boat teams!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
8:30AM – 4:30 PM
Fluor Corp., 1 Fluor Daniel Drive (Key Map 568T)
Visit The Kids Zone - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Kids Zone is an interactive area featuring arts and crafts, a moonwalk by Bounce U, simple games and a bubble zone designed for the young and “young at heart”. Projects are aimed for children ages 4 and up.
About the Texas Dragon Boat Association
The Texas Dragon Boat Association (TDBA) is a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote the tradition of dragon boating, increase awareness of Asian and Asian American culture, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. TDBA organizes the Houston Dragon Boat Festival each May and the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta each October. To support its year-round teambuilding program, breast cancer survivor program, and youth boating education program, TDBA is raising funds to build two boathouses.