Note: Due to rain, the Asian Festival has been canceled for Sunday. The Dragon Boat races are still going on as planned.
Festivities began Saturday morning and go until 4 pm. They will resume at 10 on Sunday and continue through 2 in the afternoon.
A record-setting 67 teams are participating in this year’s dragon boat races. Participants range in age and ability. There are corporate teams, athletes, and people who have some sense of humor, giving their teams names like Blazing Paddles and Splashing Tigers, Soaking Dragons,
Besides boat racing, there are musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, cultural booths, vendors, and more.
The two females pictured above were part of the Malee’s School of Tai Chi and Kung Fu demo on the upper level of the Riverfront Plaza.
Team HYPErspeed and HYPErsonic Dragons got a little spirited. HYPE is the Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs group.
The City of Hartford crew did not come in dead last.