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- September 12, 2013 - Foundation - Charity Application
Festival at a glance
- North America’s largest dragon boat festival
- The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival began in 1994
- 2014 marks the 21st Annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
- Original Founders are Frank Ling, President of the Asian Heritage Month Society, Warren Creates, Head of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP’s Immigration Law Group and Mike Chambers, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee
- A non-profit festival with FREE admission to the public
- Approximately 75,000 attendees
- 630 volunteers
- Free parking at the Canada Post Parking lot
- Free bike parking available on site
Onsite Entertainment & Activities
- FREE World class concerts on multiple stages
- Multicultural performances including live music, cultural presentations, and ceremonial activities
- FREE Children’s area featuring award winning family entertainment
- Food vendors featuring spectacular cuisine and delicious desserts
- Exhibitions and shopping opportunities
- Part of a larger Chinese cultural tradition that goes back 2,400 years
- Began in South East China as a fertility rite to avert misfortune and bring rain by worshiping the dragon
- A dragon boat is a slim 44’ racer with a dragon’s head at the bow and a tail at the stern
- Each dragon boat holds 22 athletes including 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersperson
- Over 200 teams participate in competitive, corporate, and community groups
- New race every 9 minutes
- 15 Challenge Cup categories
- Breast Cancer Survivor Challenge and traditional Flower Ceremony
- 1,500 medals awarded
- Approximately 5,000 paddlers
- Paddlers participate in dragon boat clubs across Canada and the U.S.