Friday, July 13, 2012

You're Invited: 2012 Dragon Festival!

My Dragon Boat Race team won the Champion Trophy in the Purple Division in 2006 and, fully appreciating knowing when to quit, I promptly retired from the sport thereafter. Even still, Minnesota's largest pan-Asian Pacific Islander community event, the Dragon Festival, is worth returning to again and again. With cultural heritage events and cuisine representing the broad swath of Asian communities in our state, it's both educational and delicious. In this year of the Dragon, be sure to check out the arts and crafts, martial arts demonstrations, and of course, the Dragon Boat races!

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Saint Paul, Minn. – The 2012 Dragon Festival will be the weekend of July 14 & 15, at Phalen Lake Park, 1530 Phalen Drive, St. Paul, MN 55106.

Free Admission - Free Parking - Free Performances

Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul, Minnesota, comes alive with two days of colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia. Dances from the ceremonial to the theatrical and are as varied as the colours on the performers' authentic costumes! The two-day event is free and showcases cultural heritage, entertainment, cuisine and all types of ethnic Asian Pacific Islander community activities. Minnesota's largest pan-Asian Pacific Islander community event is an effort to increase cross-cultural understanding among the several ethnic groups and with the greater mainstream community.

Each Asian country has its own indelible sound even though the instruments are rather similar. From the mesmerizing sound of the Chinese flute to the energetic Taiko drumming, Asian music with its pentatonic melody sounds exotic. Attracting more than 12,000 people over two days the Dragon Festival is a children, family, and community friendly event that is much beloved in the Asian American and Pacific Islander and eastside St. Paul communities. It is one of the major highlights and attractions in the Twin Cities, so don't miss out! Join us!

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