Dragon Boat Festival Celebrate Colorful Asian Culture at Lake Lanier

Atlanta, Aug 8, 2017 — A colorful Hong Kong tradition will return to Georgia with the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival set to kick off on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 7:00 am-6:00 pm at the Olympic Kayaking Center at Lake Lanier in Gainesville.

The oldest and most traditional dragon boat festival in Georgia, the occasion will feature activities for the whole family.

The festivities will feature lions & dragon performance, multicultural dancers, traditional arts and crafts, international street foods, and raffle prizes that include four round-trip tickets to Asia provided by Delta Air Lines.

With a record number of more than 70 well-trained teams and more than 500 participants competing from across the U.S., this year’s festival is notable in its scale and fierce competition.

“This event is the best team building experience for any participating groups. Teams will learn to work together and have fun together,” said Gene Hanratty, the founder and festival organizer.

This year’s corporate team race looks to be a good one, with 16 corporate teams joining to race for their companies.

There are also collegiate, high schools, non-profits, and cancer survivor races.

The festival has attracted a diverse audience of more than 8,000 attendees annually for the past 10 years.

The opening ceremony will be he lad at 12 noon to kick off the multicultural celebration. It will feature traditional lion dances, Taiko drums performers, classical Laotian dancers, Bollywood dancers, and much more.

The festival is organized by the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival with support from Hong Kong Association and Lanier Canoe and Kayaking Club. The presenting sponsor of the annual event is the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is free, open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. Parking is $10.00 per vehicle.

Major sponsors of 2017 festival included Harrahs Cherokee Casinos, UPS, Delta Airlines, NACA, AT&T, Kimberley-Clark, Farmer’s Baskets, Home Depot, and Georgia Asian Times.

For more information on the 2017 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, visit www.dragonboatatlanta.com