Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

The Man United and Man City charities will go head-to-head at the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival on the Salford Quays this June.

This 10th Dragon Boat Festival this year will see Manchester City in the Community and Manchester United Foundation battle it out on the waters.

The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is hosted by the Xinhua Chinese Association and supported by local councils, communities, and the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester. It has been a standout event in Salford since its debut in June 2012.

This year coincides with the Year of the Dragon, taking place on Saturday June 8 and 9.

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Salford Quays, Author of image: Parrot of Doom, Wikimedia

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “We’re thrilled that the Dragon Boat Festival is on our waters at Salford Quays once again. A big thank you goes to our Chinese community in Greater Manchester for putting this spectacle on.

“It is one of the highlights of the annual calendar of events in Salford and a fantastic opportunity for people to head down and watch the exciting races take place. Best of luck to all the contestants taking part.”

In addition to the race, the festival offers a range of activities for all ages, including dragon and lion dances, Chinese and English musical performances, Chinese folk dances, captivating, Tai Chi and Kung Fu experiences, and fun crafts for kids.

The first day of the event will consist of the opening ceremony with 38 to 48 amateur racing teams competing for the championship.

On the second day of the event, the professional dragon boat club competitions take place. This includes professional teams from China and other countries and regions in the world.

You can find out more about the UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at the Salford Quays click here.

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