DRAGON FESTIVAL 2019
July 13 & 14
Celebrating 19 years as the Dragon Festival, honoring the Pan-Asian heritage and spirit!
2018 Dragon Festival Race Results
1st Place: Hormel Foods HAPA
2nd Place: General Mills Mill City Cruisers
3rd Place: Target Red Dragons
Best Team Spirit: U.S. Bank Asian Heritage BRG
Best T-Shirt: Hormel Foods HAPA
1st Place: Monkey Bay Paddling Club
2nd Place: CrossFit Sabertooth Monkey Business
3rd Place: Yinghua Dragons
Best Team Spirit: Lincoln Industries Khrome Konquerors
Best T-Shirt: Northwestern Health Sciences University InteGREAT!
2019 - Year of the Pig
According to the myths, the Pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called for the great meeting. Other sources said that Buddha called for a great meeting when he was about to leave the Earth. The Pig came in last.
Legend has it that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term "lazy Pig" is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle.
Other sources say that given his very stout form, he was just too slow a swimmer, and thus he could not do anything against the other animals.
Join in the celebration of the construction of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Park. Three structures fabricated in Changsha, the Xiang Jiang Pavilion, the Hmong Heritage Wall, and the West Entrance Arch, will arrive around June 30. On July 10, twelve artisans will arrive from Changsha to supervise the installation of the Xiang Jiang Pavilion, the sister-city gift from Changsha. Come and celebrate the official Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Sister-city 30-year Anniversary on July 14,immediately following the opening ceremony of the Dragon Festival at 10:30. Join the lion dancers parade at the Dragon Boat area along Phalen Lake to the construction site to see the progress and take photos of Mayor Melvin Carter and other dignitaries breaking ground. This will be followed by a celebration at the Amphitheater next to Changsha Master Lei Yixin’s “Meditation” sculpture of cultural performances and making new friends. Follow: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePhalenParkChinaFriendshipGarden/
Twin Cities Orthopedics - Friendship Sponsor
2017 Dragon Boat Race Results - Dragon Festival - Lake Phalen, Minnesota
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