This video shows the Japanese Obon Dance held during the 2012 festival, and how fun it was for everyone who participated. The Denver Buddhist Temple Minyou Kai Dancers will lead the Bon Odori, or Obon, Dance once again at 6 pm on Saturday July 27 in front of the Main Performing Arts Stage!
The 2013 dragon boat race teams are eager for the festival to arrive -- they're practicing on the weekends and getting all buffed up and synchronized for the push to the finish line and flag. This year we have a fleet of six Hong Kong style boats to augment our two flag catching boats, so there will be some serious races with more than just two teams competing at a time. Also watch for fun races including a tug-of-war between race teams!
Gateway To Asia is our showcase for intimate cultural performances and demonstrations, on two smaller stages: One for traditional cultural performances and demonstrations like Japanese crafts and Indian dancing, and one for a variety of authentic Asian martial arts disciplines from Korean taekwondo and Chinese kung fu to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
We're pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Zodiac Dash -- a 3.5K Fun Run held on Sunday morning July 28 during the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival!
The Zodiac Dash 3.5 Fun Run presented by Bellco Credit Union is a great way to support this year's theme for the festival: "Commit to be fit!" We invite runners of all ages to participate, and want everyone to learn which animal of the Chinese zodiac represents their birth year, and wear a costume that reflects that sign!
Denver singer-songwriter Dwight Mark was so inspired the first time he performed at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival that he wrote a song that perfectly captures the anticipation, excitement and cultural richness of the festival. He gave CDBF permission to use "Dragon Boat" as our official theme song, and we're proud to feature the song here, in a performance from 2009.
We're thrilled to announce the 2013 Honorary Chair and Honorary Patron for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival!
The Honorary Chair is Kimiko Side. She's been a tireless promoter and teacher of Japanese arts and a driving force behind the Takayama-Denver Sister City relationship. Her lifetime of volunteer work led last year to one of the highest honors bestowed by the Emperor of Japan, and she's been receiving awards in the months since then.
Kimiko has also been a volunteer at CDBF for years, teaching festival visitors how to make Japanese crafts.
Our 2013 Honorary Patron is Mercedes del Rosario Huang (right), a Filipina who has built a very successful Colorado-based business, Rocky Mt. Food Factory, manufacturing and distributing ethnic and specialty frozen foods.
Both these women are terrific role models for the Asian community, and for Coloradans in general. Congratulations to both Kimiko and to Mercedes!