Ottawa Citizen: Dragon boat festival fills Mooney's Bay with team spirit
Sunday, June 28, 2015
In the summer time, Ottawa has a multitude of festivals. Big, small, loud, quiet — you’re sure to find one that floats your boat.
In some cases, literally.
The 22nd annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival saw a great turnout Saturday, buoyed by good weather and some close, entertaining races.
Team spirit was rampant throughout the expansive Mooney’s Bay Park, to the point where simply watching teams prepare for races and listening to their excited shouts was almost as entertaining as the boating.
“The atmosphere is always pretty relaxed every year, but it brings together a lot of people,” said Peter Manzo, a dragon boat racer. “It’s the largest fundraising dragon boating festival in North America. I love the draw it brings from Montreal, Toronto, and everything. It’s a big community event.”