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The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival returned to Denver’s Sloan’s Lake Park on July 18-19, with over 100 Asian and Asian American performances on five stages, authentic Asian cuisine, a colorful Asian Marketplace and Wellness Village and of course the ancient, exciting sport of Dragon Boat Racing.

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival welcomed thousands of attendees at Sloan’s Lake over the course of two days, on July 18th and 19th. The festival was packed with fun activities, something for everyone, from the exciting dragon boat races to delicious Asian cuisine, a variety of entertaining cultural performances and vendor booths. New this year was a Two Days of Anime, a tent screening a variety of family-friendly Japanese animation all weekend,  programmed by Colorado Anime Fest.

In the Gateway to Asia area, the cultures of Indonesia and the Hmong community were spotlighted with exhibit tents and performances. There was also a special display about artifacts from the Amache Japanese American concentration camp.

Many of the spectators who come every year to the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival are there for the “main event”: The dragon boat races. This year, 48 teams representing companies, communities and organizations competed in two competitive divisions using two different types of boats. Each team had family and friends on hand to cheer them on.

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has built that community for the ancient sport of dragon boat racing for 15 years. It’s also celebrated the region’s thriving and diverse Asian and Asian American communities since 2001, and last year brought over 125,000 people to Sloan’s Lake Park to enjoy the performances, shop and dine in the Marketplace and Taste of Asia Food Courts.